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Reply To: Not nearly as hot as 1999?

jake d, August 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  Yes “99” was hot!!!
  In an earlier post, different thread, I took an educated guess that this year was the 4th hottest since “90” when I started.  According to ISU, based on average heat index from the DM airport it was second.  Hey, I did better than you’ll get from the 6 o’clock news.

  The big difference between this year, “99”, and a couple others, in my opinion, was the overnight temps.  This year I started with my fan every night but always turned it off at some point.  Two nights my feet got cold, and on the last night I actually pulled out a light blanket.  In “99” if I got the blanket out, it was to load it up with ice, or soak up the puddle I was sleeping in.

  A few more tidbits about “99” :
     the last big hill from Wadena to Arlington is close to 2 1/2 miles

     the tar from the expansion cracks starts to melt when the surface temp.
         of the road reaches 140 degrees

     the tire tracks on that hill took over 1 1/2 years to wear off…we camp up 
          there often
     2500 is closer to the number who either sagged on Fri. or bailed 
          completeley…..my wife and I got into Belevue around noon, didn’t
          leave until 4, and had the best part of our week sitting on the levee
          watching thousands of riders come in


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