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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:10 AM

During the summer, driving in Arizona isn't like driving in most other places.

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Reply During the summer, driving in Arizona isn't like driving in most other places. (Original post)
MiddleFingerMom Aug 2013 OP
applegrove Aug 2013 #1
former9thward Aug 2013 #10
SharonAnn Aug 2013 #2
Manifestor_of_Light Aug 2013 #3
snappyturtle Aug 2013 #4
Warpy Aug 2013 #6
snappyturtle Aug 2013 #8
Warpy Aug 2013 #5
Atman Aug 2013 #7
grantcart Aug 2013 #9
DesertRat Aug 2013 #11
MiddleFingerMom Aug 2013 #12
DesertRat Aug 2013 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2013 #15
Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2013 #14
Pakhet Oct 2013 #16

Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:30 AM

1. Don't know how you all survive the

summers there.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 17, 2013, 06:53 PM

10. Air conditioning.

Air conditioned home to air conditioned car to air conditioned workplace to air conditioned store back to air conditioned home. Now what they did before the 1950s I don't know. Of course no one lived in AZ before then.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:36 AM

2. I remember driving West through Arizona at the end of August in a car without air conditioning

We'd stop and get a bag of ice, put some into Ziploc bags, put one on the head, one in the bra, and one across the back of the neck. It worked! We survived it!

But it was definitely an experience I wouldn't want to repeat.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:46 AM

3. Looks like Texas summers too.

You can very easily burn yourself on the steering wheel in summer in Texas, whether it's humid or dry; it's still HOT.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 01:50 AM

4. I'm in Texas and my thermometer in the car read 106 degrees

two days ago when I got into my car.....parked in the shade! Whew!
it was a hot one. Today only got to about 95 degrees...so much better.

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Response to snappyturtle (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:08 AM

6. I park in the sun here

and the car is orange with a black interior. I find it's a great way to get varmints out of any wool I suspect they've gotten into. The heat inside the car kills all the wool eating bastards: insects, eggs, larvae, pupae.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:18 AM

8. ........

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:06 AM

5. My solution is a fake fur steering wheel cover

Yeah, it looks dumb but it keeps the wheel comfortable in both hot and bitterly cold weather. We get both in the high desert.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 03:10 AM

7. We just drive naked.

There was never anybody around, anyway. And it was near Sedona. Just slipped the clothes on whenever we had to stop.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 12:49 PM

9. meh El Centro/Yuma is much worse than Tucson


El Centro is 100 ft below sea level and it is 105 at 9 o clock at night.

10 in the morning and I don't even have my air conditioning on, in El Centro you never turn it off.

But you are right about the steering wheel if the car stands in the shade for 4 hours, too hot to handle without a towel, but I like your idea better.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 04:38 PM

11. That's only true in the desert areas

But not here in the White Mountains. It's 62 degrees here right now, in the 40's overnight.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/greer-az/85927/weather-forecast/341811

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 05:20 PM

12. Mt Lemmon here at Tucson is usually about 30 degrees cooler than rhe desert.

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My favorite half-day trip on my motorcycle would be to the top of Mt Lemmon
for a piece of pie and then home.
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During the fall months (before they shut the road other than to residents), I
NEVER failed to forget my gloves and would spend the last few miles of the
trip riding one-handed -- alternating my hands between my legs to guard
against frostbite.
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That's my story and I'm, um... sticking to it.
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OH!!! Riding through the White Mountains in my car on vacation inspired
me to give up my 35-year boycott on riding (due to a horrendous accident).
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That road reminded me of the joy of riding -- I went out and bought a Honda
Shadow Spirit 1100cc the day after I got back.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 05:25 PM

13. I love our state's diverse climates!

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 05:07 PM

15. Even in Winter it is a grab bag!

Ski in the morning in the Mountains, and take a dip in the afternoon when you are in the Valley. Talking Tucson mind you.

That was the coolest part of my first winter there. I could stand on my deck down on the Valley floor, in a T-shirt and watch the snow fall on the Mountains!

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Tue Sep 3, 2013, 05:03 PM

14. HA!


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But I still love that State!

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2013, 01:17 PM

16. Cars with all the windows rolled down

In August have an automatic right of way

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