Lake Flies Are Here Again--sure sign that it is getting warmer

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    May 09, 2015 10:12 PM GMT
    The biggest nuisance for cyclists this time of the year anywhere near Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin are the lake flies. They hatch this time of the year every year and anyone with property on the lake has to avoid the outdoors because they are really big and will cover your entire face and body. They do not bite, but are quite a horrible pest this time of the year and willget in your nose, eyes, and ears and other parts of your body. I find them even on my balls and in my crotch. lol There are so many clouds of them around the lake, that they show up on Doppler radar and these clouds of lake flies move inland according to the wind direction every day. Right now they are blowing south to Fond du Lac. But, we get them here when there isn't much wind or the wind blows them on the west shore. But they usually only survive a week or 2 and then they die. They have the shortest life of any insect. And the more active they become in the warm temps, the quicker they die. This is just the opposite of people who become more active. They get stronger and usually live longer. Hey, that rhymes. I'm a poet, too, besides a cyclist. haha

    We had a Race the Lake training ride today which is 90 miles around the entire lake and we averaged over 20 mph on the course in just a little over 4 hours--not bad considering the gusty north wind we had and we had to slow down in towns, and stop at lights and stops signs. On race day there will be sheriffs and police covering the 4 counties around the entire lake and all major intersections with traffic control and there will be volunteers at all the other intersections, so our bikes never have to slow down or our feet leave the pedals, except for an unexpected train like 2 years ago. But every one that got stopped that year by the train got their time adjusted accordingly. Anyone who beats the average speed record of 27.7 mph will win $15,000
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    May 09, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2015 11:58 PM GMT
    As a sometime victim of the even-worse black flies that infest much of L. Superior in later months, I feel your pain - and share your disgust! I guess they fill some sort of ecological niche, but oh for a few well-placed flamethrowers to use against the both of them!