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Enjoyable Ride in the Rain

by on June 7, 2013

Overnight the rain was steady and came down pretty hard.  I had resolved to ride and had 3 others who were committed to join me, so as the rain pounded down on the roof, I lay awake contemplating the clothing choices.  It was all dependent upon the temperatures and the amount of rain falling.

When I awoke, the rain had slowed to a light steady rain, dropping off to a steady drizzle and it was 69°F.  I opted for my Showers Pass rain jacket, even though I knew that would be hot.  A shower cap covered my helmet, and I wore a cycling cap with a brim to keep the rain off my glasses.  When Clint showed up with his rain jacket in his pocket, I stripped mine off, and Mike & Dan did likewise.  We rode the entire morning without putting the rain gear back on.

We took a nice easy pace down the full length of the trail, splashing through puddles and dodging low-hanging branches soaked with water.  Mike C showed up at breakfast in a car, and George the Crossing Guard sat with us while we ate breakfast and sipped on hot coffee.  The ride was as uneventful as it was enjoyable.  Yes, I said it.  The ride was enjoyable even with a steady light rain.

I decided not to continue in the rain solo, so I proceeded home, stripped off as much wet clothing as decency on the front porch would allow, wrung out my socks, & dried off.

This is a low mileage week and there are no rides planned for the weekend.  I will be attending a retirement ceremony today at the Naval Academy for one of my Flèche team members.

Pictured below is the radar display for the time of my arrival home.

radar

 

This Ride: 25.1 miles
Malaria Campaign: 109.7 miles
Funds Pledged: $30.72

2013: 2620.6 miles
Total since 1/1/2010: 22,392.5 miles

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