Yeah, you read that right. I rode the sidewalk today.
For 7 miles I rode headstrong into a 25-30mph wind, the first time I've had to use my 22T chainring since I've been commuting (other than climbing steep hills in the trails). There were points where the gusts felt like 40-50mph and I was stopped dead in my tracks and if I hadn't pulled out of the clips to brace myself I'd have definately gone over. After my 7 miles of pure hell my route turned and I had a crosswind which was pushing me into traffic. I don't care who you are, you can not hold a straight line with 40mph gusts hitting your right side. So to make myself safer I hit the sidewalk and fought hard to go the last 3-4 miles. After about a mile, which took 15-20 minutes, BOOM!! A car in the travel lane had a blow out, went sideways on the slippery wet road, and headed right into the ditch to my left. The car ended up less than 40 inches from me. This is a 50mph road where people travel at 60mph. If I had been riding the shoulder like I do every day then I'd not be here right now.
So ironically, doing something I never do because I consider it mostly dangerous, saved my life.
Fate, it not without a sense of irony.