RAGBRAI. Need I say more?
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: West Branch, Iowa USA
Bikes: 1998 Mongoose NX7.1, 2008 Kona Jake, GT singlespeed (year unknown).
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Yesterday afternoon I was heading out to the bike for the ride home. The temps were in the low 50's, the sky was mostly cloudy..."No problem, it's only 5 miles", I said to myself as I put on my rain coat and stuffed the rain pants back in the bag.
I needed to make a quick stop by the post office to check the box. As I stopped by, the winds were picking up and the clouds were darkening, but once again, I said, "no problem." I was only 2 miles from home.
As I hit the main road, just 3 blocks from the Post Office, the rain began to fall. "I'll be home in 5 minutes...I can handle this", I said as I picked up my speed. I was now only one mile from home and the rains were falling hard. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, the rains turned to hail. I was now being pelted through the helmet by pea sized ice.
Once home, I was well drenched and beaten by the frozen rain. My first thought as I walked in the door was, "I need to get those rain pants on and go back out there", but of course, my girlfriend wouldn't let me.
As of right now, no rain today...but I am ready, rain pants and all.