Last week and there has been a lack of postings on the forum. I should think that "Sandy" has had a lot to do with this. Don't know how it has affected you over there as all I get is the BBC news and they will only show the Worst bits on the news and that has been horrific.
But how has it affected our members on the forum? From the news if your house did not get damaged or destroyed in the wind- you had floods everywhere that from local experience can be just as bad. If the house has gone- insurance pay out and you have a new home to find. Flood damage and it can be months before it is assessed and then a long wait for it to dry out enough to enable it to be repaired.
So any of you that have been badly affected- then you have my sympathy.
The UK is suffering a different problem right now and that is wind with rain. Have a few lulls but high winds are occuring down in the South. 25mph and gusting to 50 has curtailed the riding and you look for a window to get the bike out. Far worse is the rain. Not raining all the time but we arranged a ride last night for this morning. Knowing the roads would be a bit flooded it was going to be on the MTB's but woke up to plenty of horizontal rain. Not going out in that but The south East where I live has filled up with water. Slightest bit of rain and it no longer soaks into the ground. Run off from the fields is more like a stream on every low bit of ground filling the lower bits with floods. My garden this morning was running with water. and that has a 5ft slope over about 150ft- luckily away from the house. The whole garden was in 1" of water- just sitting on top of the lawns. Decided to spike one lawn and water came up from below.
But back to cycling-- a couple of riders did go out this morning and only got two miles up a Local wooded Forest track before they called it a day. The stream that is normally 4ft below the track was overflowing and taken a new route. Instead of running alongside the track- it decided to reach low ground by crossing it and putting it above wheel hub height. Ok -Wet feet but it has washed the track away and they did not feel like finding out how deep it was.
Problem now is that there is nowhere for the rain water to go. Fields are full up- Rivers just up to the limit and rain is forecast for the next 12 hours. Think I am going to tie down the Chicken coops tonight and look around for a small boat to get around on tomorrow.