Riding in the Rain Part II

August 24, 2008

The plan today was to ride 21 miles up to Corwin and grab a bite to eat at the Corwin Peddler. They have a good English style menu and cater to cyclists. Penny had mentioned that she might be up for a Metric Century (100K/62miles), but I wasn’t feeling that ambitious today, but had some options in mind should we feel strong enough on the ride.

All was going well on the ride. When we started it was about 93F outside and quite humid and I was ready for a nap. The deal was we would take a nice leisurely pace up to Corwin, and it felt pretty good. However, when we reached Oregonia, 15 miles up toward Corwin, the clouds got dark and some drops started falling. Before we had gotten a couple of more miles toward Corwin, we were soaked pretty thoroughly. It was nice to stop at the Corwin Peddler for some food and under cover as the storm intensified. Once we finished our food, we had to wait a while longer for the rain to subside and actually quit, so we made a run for home.

it wasn’t more than a mile or two down the trail before the rain started coming down again. Unbeknownst to us, there was a continuous train of T-Storms cells barreling down on us for the remainder of the ride. There were times when the rain was so heavy that the rain running off into our eyes made it very difficult to see, yet we still managed to hold a good pace.

I had chosen to wear a sleeveless shirt today because the sun was out pretty strong when we took off, but after the drowning from the rain, I was pretty damned chilled. Only high RPM’s kept me “warm” at all. Yes… I have a rain jacket, but we’d taken it out of our packs when it was raining in Canada a couple of weeks ago, so they were sitting at home… bummer.

When I got home, I changed out of my bike shorts, which felt like a wet diaper most of the trip, and hosed the bikes down… they were coated pretty solid with dirt… and watched the lightening storms continue as we finished putting gear away.

I think next time I need to remember to check the weather report… {rolleyes} Evenso, it was nice to get a 42 mile/68K ride in today.


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