Today we in the Denver Metro Area awoke to about 2-4 inches of snow on the ground and a rather messy and prolonged commute.
Hoping to skip part of the commute debacle (which gets better in snow), I snow-blowed the driveway first. I headed out of the house at 7:10AM, a bit later than usual and got out of the snow-covered neighborhood with no issues on Yoshie, my V-Strom Sidecar Rig. I did take the extra caution of weighing down the rear end of the tug by putting the deep cycle battery (57 lbs) inside the topcase.
The roads leading to the main roads were OK, but heavily rutted and plastered with little ice "mines" which would sometimes cause my tug's front wheel to dance in my hands. No big deal, but it was a bit bumpy at times. I think they put the magnesium chloride a bit too late which causes such conditions, not sure though.
Arapahoe Road traffic, never the best during rush hours, was slow and glacial today....it moved but conditions didn't lend themselves to rapid commuting shall we say.
It had been only lightly snowing east of the I-25 Super Slab, but it really started coming down when I crossed under it and neared work! I kept having to brush snow/ice from the front of my visor every few seconds, but still, not a big deal.
The hardest part of the commute? The intersection of University Blvd and Arapahoe Road. It sits on top of a hill and cars were having a heck of a time making it up the slope at times. Yoshie did fine, dodging around stuck buses which were blocking multiple lanes of travel. I ended up ducking into the shopping center which houses the building I work in due to one particular bus who was stuck and blocking all westbound lanes of Arapahoe Road west of the intersection.
Slewing the rig around the mall's streets (not very well plowed yet), it was a bit of fun but had to pay attention to all the snow plows frantically moving about trying to clear the roads.
Finally got to the parking garage and got some photos of the scenery from the third and fourth levels:
Lightly snow-covered Yoshie
Treeline view from the fourth floor
Neighborhood entrance next to the parking garage
Not too much snow got on her eh?
So, not a bad commute per se, given the conditions. No close calls on the road, one idiot in the parking garage not paying attention to stop signs but I saw her approach and reacted accordingly.
Hope you got a ride in today, I'm looking forward to the ride home!