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    Posted February 1, 2011 by
    Waukegan, Illinois
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    Snowzilla 2011 Strikes the Chicagoland Area


    This evening's ride was quite a test of my dedication to this little piece of insanity.


    When I left work, it was merely snowing hard. It was small and stung my eyes a little, but it was manageable. I took mostly side streets to the grocery store. By the time I got there, the weather was a little worse, so afterwards I decided to ride on residential streets to avoid heavy traffic.


    The wind picked up a bit and the snow got thicker. Visibility was starting to decrease, so I pulled over a few times to let following cars pass. The blowing snow hit my eyes pretty hard, causing me to blink rapidly. Main street is very wide, so cars had plenty of room to pass. Soon, it got steadily worse, both in wind speed, and rate of snowfall. Visibility was about 50 feet and I could barely see, but I wasn't too cold yet -- until the wind started blowing everything everywhere.

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