|A sudden storm snuck in, unexpected by me|
I always carry rain gear in my office pannier, so whenever a storm blows up, which is once in a super moon in these parts, I am prepared. But this afternoon, the temperature was just right for a ride home in the rain without rain gear. I let the drops splash all over me until the tail wind caught me, and made me feel like a rocket. The peak winds during the storm were 44 mph with gusts to 55 mph out of the east. I was headed west. Yeee haaaaaa.
I felt the tail wind coming a little off one side, but I knew the street bent the right direction just ahead, and then....whooooosh. I was moving right along, with the cool rain making me feel like there was nothing in the world to worry about.
Then the wind changed direction, and I made a turn more into it than with it. The drops were hitting me hard enough (in the wind) to sting a little bit. But that was alright, too, nothing was worrying me then, either.
|Sure signs of storm and wind: water, leaves, and citrus in the gutter|
|Italian Cyprus trees indicating wind speed high enough to make cycling interesting|
Any other day, what I saw in the next photo would have worried me. Wet steel plates in my bike lane. Shiver. But not today. Today, I was Joe Cool blowing down the road like a two wheeled Zen sail thing. Whooshing along. Wet steel plates? No matter. Curve around them in a smooth flowing wind-aided water cooled arc. Nothing's worrying me.
|Wet steel plates. Similar to ice to bicycle tires, no problemo.|