I must have listened to the weather report from Cleveland today, cause I could have sworn I heard rain moving into the Bay Area LATE AFTERNOON! So I hung out at Mikes in Sausalito. Vic and his buddy who I can not remember his name showed up. Where’s everyone we asked each other? Sounds like everyone played it smart…. Portent of things to come: ( . At this point the 3 of us head out. I said I wanted to do the usual way up Tam from the back. Vic wasn’t sure what to do as it began to sprinkle. We stopped at the restrooms on the bike path and Vics friend crashed standing up. The bike hit a lip in the curve but the guy was quick on his feet. Another portent of things to come. When we stopped after the Corte madera grade, Vic and friend decided to do the Tiburon loop. I really wanted to ride up Tam. It’s been months and I’m feeling really great on the bike. So I split. Pretty heavy sprinkle by now. I jammed up to Fairfax, stopped for a bottle of Gatorade and headed up. I felt great, but the rain started really coming down. A group coming down reported in passing told me it’s really wet up there. A couple of guys from Colorado passed me on the way up, and told me rain is no big thing. I stopped to take a pict and nature break. Rain got worse. Over the first climb and down to Alpine I started getting really wet and cold. Took a pict at Alpine and started back up. Lucky I was climbing as I got really cold when I stopped. Halfway up, pouring and Colorado boys pass me on the way back and tell me you don’t want to go up there! At this point I’m thinking Steinbeck century 85 or 86 funnel clouds and hail…couldn’t be worse than that. Well it was. I got to ridgecrest and I was freezing as rain and wind was blowing me around like a moth on a freeway. Surprisingly I felt great on the climb, my strength has really come back. So by the last sister hill I couldn’t feel my hands anymore and my teeth began to chatter. Downhill was miserable! I stopped a few times cause I couldn’t break with my hands and I was shaking so bad that my whole bike was wobbling. It was cold! I felt sleet hitting my face, a ranger went by and I almost waved him down. At one point I stopped and an SUV pulled along side and asked if I needed a lift but I couldn’t talk cause my jaws we’re frozen and it came out mmmnnfff….. So I barely made it down. I stopped at a Seven Eleven but I was shaking so badly I couldn’t even answer the clerk when he asked if he could help. At least the wind had stopped and I made it back to my car and ran the heat full blast till I stopped shaking. Made it home and Cathy had a hot Quesada and a giant batch of chocolate chip cookies waiting : ) A hot shower and 2 hr nap and I’m ready for the next ride. Sometimes you just don’t have a good , ride but the adventure makes it all worthwhile. Pain makes you feel alive! And the cookies make it all go away!