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Old 03-01-07, 10:57 PM   #1
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Craziest Commute of All Time. Period....

Today was the craziest commute I could ever imagine. I was home all day surfing the internet. Outside it was light showers throughout the afternoon. Well, 5:00 comes around and I head out for my commute(in the rain). I am dressed from head to toe in rain gear(Marmot Precip Jacket, Pants and those rubber shoes called Crocs). As I am riding in a torrential downpour, I hear the sirens go off. Not an ambulance, not the police, not the fire department. No, it was the tornado sirens. I am riding my bike when there is a tornado touching down not too far away. It was insane. Wind like crazy(Great tailwind). Cars are pulling over and looking at me like I am crazy. It was so awesome. Well I get to work and everyone is looking at my like I am beyond crazy. I actually think in hindsight that I am a bit crazy. But I am safe at home. My home is ok, the tornados did quite a bit of damage around my town. I was actually not even planning on riding to work today though. The only reason I did was because I had a talk with my dad on the phone about me selling my car. He told me how crazy I was and that I had a good vehicle. He said that in this day in age, every person should have a vehicle. I said, I do. Its my bike. He was not pleased one bit. I told him that this was a personal lifestyle decision for me. He said, well I bet you wont ride in the rain. Boy was he ever wrong . Well, enough said. Here are some pics for everyone to enjoy.

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Old 03-01-07, 11:44 PM   #2
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You sir, by all standards, are crazy. And I like it.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:47 PM   #3
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Woah.

Just...woah!

I'm glad you're okay! Nothing like a 300mph tailwind to make your ride!
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Old 03-02-07, 12:07 AM   #4
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Wow. I'm not sure I'd try to commute in a situation like that. I saw the damage the tornado caused in the southeast in the news. Glad to hear you're okay, and mad props for being able to commute through it!
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Old 03-02-07, 07:44 AM   #5
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Very cool, in its own way.
As to your dad's "won't ride in the rain" statement; I (and many others here) look forward to riding in the rain; it's quite fun. I'm wondering about myself though; yesterday the forecast was for freezing rain all night, accumulation of ice on the roads, then sleet turning into rain turning into thunderstorms later in the day, and my main thought was "cool, finally some interesting weather to ride in!"
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Old 03-02-07, 07:48 AM   #6
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You are crazy.
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Old 03-02-07, 08:00 AM   #7
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Man, I'm glad you made it safely. It was a messy day around the state.
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You might be crazy, but crazy people have more fun - so wouldn't that make us sane?

I once got caught in a downpour that was 3 inches in one hour. Could barely see and breathe - now that is rain!
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Hmmm, wasn't in the Wizard of Oz that Dorothy saw the witch on her bike in a tornado... ?
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Nah, that's not crazy.... had you deliberately ridden into the tornado just so as to catch the updraft to work - that would have been crazy!
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Old 03-02-07, 08:42 AM   #11
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Yes I admit it was very crazy. But, quite an enjoyable experience. It turned into an adrenaline rush once I heard the sirens. My ultimate goal by that point was to make it to work(Which wasnt far). Man, its kinda nice out today (Light Rain, wet roads, a little windy). Thats perfect riding weather
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I'm fairly certain my Mom lived in those apartments in the pic, when she first moved to Macon, years ago. Glad you stayed on the ground.

Bet the river's up...
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I havent even though about the Ocmulgee River. I bet its up too. Im off tommarrow, I may get the kayak out and go play. Now my next challenge, a hurricane j/k, maybe
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everybody should ride in the rain at least 1x/year, whether they call themselves cyclists or not...love to see some of the "store-bought princesses" at my last job doing that ("ohhh! i got my nails wet!!").

welcome to the crazy club ... we don't suffer from insanity, we enjoy every minute of it!

now do it in a blizzard!...
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Old 03-03-07, 06:48 PM   #15
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In that last pic you even LOOK crazy. By the way I have that same light for backup (and for "to see" augmentation to my Blackburn quadrant) on my commuter. Cheap but gets the job done. We had 'naders out here, too. I ended up riding in hail and it sucked pretty bad. I had a backpack and helmet on, but my arms got pummelled and I was wearing short sleeves.
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Yeah, it was a bad storm. But the ride was awesome. The adrenaline that I got once I heard the Tornado Sirens going off was unreal.
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sounds like a wicked fun experience. congrats on the very excellent ride.
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