Weather - we love to talk about it, but we can't do anything about it - but is that a true statement and assumption? We can forewarn ourselves on what is pending to some degree and act accordingly. We can open the tent flap and see 'What's Up' and be self aware of our surrounding as we travel. So that is my question with respect to the weather and loaded touring. Do most of us just properly prepare from an equipment point of view (rain gear, fenders, cool water, etc.) and then use the equipment as we tour? Or, do we forewarn ourselves and simply avoid the worst of it (take a day off, duck indoors, sleep in late). Basically, I am talking mostly in reference to rain, but I guess we could include cold and heat. I do not know of many who tour in the snow/ice - but I know there are a few.
I have been wondering if I can glean suggestions from the community on what riders think and act. In the past, I personally carry appropriate gear for a level of slightly worse weather I would reasonable expect for the tour I am planning and then ask the locals (including internet surfing when available) as I travel to get daily updates. At times I have found this to be tedious and simply look up at the sky every now and then. In non really heavy rain and cold I ride. I avoid heat (above say 95) and cold below 32. Does anyone carry a portable radio (portable - :blush: duh! - or one with a really long extension cord - glad I proof read this first). If yes, what are your recommendations for radios and what can one expect for reception, batteries are always an issue. Are the weather channel radios of value? Of course these options and actions are not mutually exclusive so all the above works too. Other options? Suggestions.
PS: Was wondering if I should ask this question on the forum, it seems like a no brainer and have been putting it off until I read Michael Deme's editorial "Bad Weather Blues" today, in the June 2008 issue (FYI - its not online yet).