Well, today was finally my day. After a month or so of not crashing with my new eggbeater's, today I was baptised. It wasn't your conventional baptism, no this one was "clipless style."
After many recent heavy rains, the countryside has been flooded and many of the rivers left their banks for days. This morning, i decided to ride the mountain bike out into the hills on the country roads to breathe some fresh country air. I decided to take a 4 mile stretch of dirt, unmaintained backroad that i knew was bi-sected my at least two creeks that had to have been recently out of their banks because of the recent rain.
I knew i might have some water hazards ahead but felt adventurous. My first clue was when i thought i was avoiding a roadkill rabbit and it turned out to be a dead carp! I learned that the road was basically pretty dry and i was suprised. However it was very bumpy. Thousands of tons of water can do that to a road.
After a couple teeth jarring miles on the road, i came to my first swamp. Crap! The whole road was a muddy swamp! Turn back? Heck no! I ride on and crank my way through the swamp as i watch my tires grow to mammoth size with all of the accumulated mud. Yeah! I made it through, and back onto dry land.
I was almost back to a gravel road and thinking to myself, "i can't believe how easy it has been to get down this road", when i look up at what is supposed to be the end of this road. Instead it is a lake. So now, only 40 yards seperate me from the nice smooth gravel road. Oh yeah, 40 yards of water and mud. Fortunately, i was able to see a pretty dry strip on the side for awhile so i started to ride it across. Suddenly this path got very bumpy and i knew i was going to have to plant my feet on the ground.
I had 6 inches of dry ground bordered by a wheat field and 50 feet of solid water on the other side. I unclipped my right foot so i could stop and survey the situation. Just then a nice little bump projected me heavily to the left. Yep. It is my time. I am going over. Splash!!!! Baptism by clipless! There I lay in the mud with my left foot still clipped in and my entire left side in the mud. Had to be an amazing site. Unfortunaltey there were no witnesses. That is why i chose to share!
(Yeah, i am fine. Pretty soft landing in mud. Just a minor scrape on the knee that i didn't even see till i got home and hosed off some mud!!)