I have the week off from work so Mother Nature decides to have torrential downpours all week. I stayed off my bike since Saturday but had cabin fever BIG-TIME today. Sooooooo, knowing full well I was gonna get caught in some pretty bad storms later on I grab the bike & head on out. About 1 hour in to my ride the skies darkened the wind picked up & a light rain began to fall.
I headed toward the trail in a local park, 6 cars in the entire parking lot. 3 miles of inter-looped trails along the waters edge all to myself. I finish up as the rain begins to let up & I head back onto the road ways. The sky opens up like a mofo! Torrential downpour for about 30 minutes followed by another 45 of heavy rain, warm rain. Oh yes my friends, I'm having the time of my life.
I'm soaked head to toe with my Cygo-lite Dual Cross reflecting the rain before me and my Cateye LD-1000 taking care of the rear. I'm passing motorist who have stopped along the shoulder jaws agape at the cyclist who dares ride in such a downpour. Another 20 minutes & the rain lightens up as I make way way back to the park trails. Along the trail I see sunshine breaking through the tree canopies, I head for open ground. The clouds parted just long enough for the sun to help dry my clothes as I continued riding.
I stop on an open pier and munch down on a Peanut Chocolate Chunk Peak Bar, washing it down with Cytomax & water. The fish are jumping, a crane swoops down onto an exposed wooden piling & the sun ducks back behind the clouds once again. I finish eating & head back home where I clean my bike, service the chain & think about the best 4 hours I have had in a long time.
Warm summer rain, I love it.