« on: April 07, 2006, 11:18:38 pm »
Depending on when you leave Anacortes you could be cold and wet in the mountains, if my trip was any indication. Yes to Gore Tex type coats and layers underneath so you can find the combination that works. I found tight lycra leg warmers kept my legs warm because there wasn't room for water in the fabric. I don't know where the idea came that thunderstorms mainly come at night in the midwest. I've lived in Iowa, MN or Wisconsin for 40 years and have gotten plenty wet riding during the day. Sometimes the storms come out of nowhere and you just try to find somewhere to hide. I've met some great people when running for their large oak trees and were invited in-well, as far as the porch due to being dripping wet! Most of the time it is warm to hot, but staying dry is always better no matter what the temperature. Summer t-storms in the midwest can also be incredibly beautiful as the clouds form. By the way, the reason we get most of our precip in the summer is that it comes down hard and then we're free of it for a while, unlike in some areas where it rains a little frequently. Enjoy your tour, it's a great route.