Last week, on the ride home. The clouds behind me looked gray and foreboding, but the clouds in front of me look OK.
2 miles into the ride, it starts to rain. Not bad, just off and on. I'm thinking I can easily handle this for the remaining 16 miles.
About 9 miles into the ride, it starts raining pretty hard. At 10 miles it starts hailing, the wind gets feirce and there's lightning off a bit (a couple miles?). I ditch under a bank drive-thru until the hail clears. I tried to call my wife to let her know that i'll be a little late, but she doesn't answer.
Hail and heavy winds subside, so I start off again. At about mile 13 the heavy wind and rain start back up, but this time, I have to place to seek cover because it's all residential and I'd have to backtrack almost 3 miles to find cover. By mile 16, it starts to hail again. Still no place to seek cover, but the hail was only pea-sized. But GOOD GRIEF, it was raining HARD.
I ended up riding the whole way home, but with the lightning, high winds, heavy rain and intermittent hail, I'm not sure that was the best idea.
How would you have handled the situation?