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    Salt Lake City attendees

    Currently the west is experiencing a significant heat wave. I live outside of Phoenix where it was touching 120+ and is currently 111 as I write this note. I was on a week long ride, returning home Friday, riding a loop in the hottest week in the west going through SLC and stopped to check out the fair grounds. Looks pretty nice, it was hot but I survived. It looks like temps will be in the mid to high 90's for the rally, BUT, there is a 30 degree drop at night. For those riding in, just beware of the effects heat has on you. Drink plenty of water, and if it gets too hot for you, stop for a few hours and resume riding as the sun sets and temps drop. Be prepared and forewarned and you will enjoy your stay

    bob

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    Thanks

    While there have been others who have advised the rally likely will be quite hot, it is valuable to get a report like this as we get close to the rally. For example, by this time next Saturday, I should be in WI heading west...
    Ed
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    Hot at the Rally

    As tradition would have it it is ALWAYS hot at the National! Otherwise we wouldn't have anything to complain about. Past weather conditions in SLC are only a guide which usually runs amok when MOA plans an event there. Just tradition and my astute observation, mind you.
    So, just so you know, events and provisions have been put in place to somewhat relieve the heat discomfort. Don't want to spoil any surprises so I'll just leave it at that.
    Boxerbruce

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    Thanks Bob - I also posted an update from SLC

    Good warning and advice Bob. I just posted a weather warning from here in SLC. Having moved here from a humid Great Lakes climate 11 years ago it is hard to stress that "drink plenty of water" enough to visitors. I grew up somewhere where I never would have imagined how that dryness gets you. When friends visit from the east, I generally hear "I've drank so much water today and I've only peed twice". It won't be Arizona hot but it's been a scorcher. Dave.

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    When it's above about 100F, close your jacket and pants vents

    So in addition to drinking plenty of water, soaking your T-shirt and/or bandanna, the other thing riders not familiar with desert riding forget is hyperthermia (too much heat). Once the temps get above 100 or so, your body is cooler than the outside air. The result is if you are riding with vents open, you are trying to cool the Earth. Yes, utterly counterintuitive, but as someone who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, it's true. When the temps climb up into the low 100s and higher, I start closing vents to keep (relatively) cooler air inside my jacket and pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagerat View Post
    So in addition to drinking plenty of water, soaking your T-shirt and/or bandanna, the other thing riders not familiar with desert riding forget is hyperthermia (too much heat). Once the temps get above 100 or so, your body is cooler than the outside air. The result is if you are riding with vents open, you are trying to cool the Earth. Yes, utterly counterintuitive, but as someone who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, it's true. When the temps climb up into the low 100s and higher, I start closing vents to keep (relatively) cooler air inside my jacket and pants.
    I agree - except - typical skin temperature is about 94 degrees F, so I don't wait for triple digits to close vents. Anything above 95F is just hot air blowing on my skin. Even with a cooling vest or wet shirt, a bit of air up the sleeves is enough to provide evaporative cooling.
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    I had always been one of the macho idiots until riding across Death Valley and down to Phoenix yesterday (bike was reading 115f when I parked). I thought what the hell, I'll try the wet wicking shirt and no vents open, but jacket cuffs open. . . Was AMAZED at how much better that made my ride 120-150 mile stretches no problem. I wouldn't want to be stopped in traffic with no airflow, but was actually comfortable;keep all sealed up

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