Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nothing's Worrying Me


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.
 

9 comments:

  1. I love the first photo! I have enjoyed rain on my rides when it surprises me, more than I might expect....

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    1. Thanks Ben. This rain was very enjoyable, although I had to spend too much time explaining to people who know that I ride to work that I did not melt, nor was I otherwise harmed, by the warm falling water from the sky.

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  2. Riding in the rain can be fun during the summer months and I normally don't bother with wet weather gear then. Winter months- well that's a bit different.
    Tail winds can certainly push up your average speed.......

    -Trevor

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    1. Trevor I may look at rain differently if I lived in the UK. In PHX people often run outside and stand in it, due to its rarity.

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  3. Love your blog, your pictures, your attitude. This post is especially inspiring! Nice writing.

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  4. I LOVE a strong tail wind. Unfortunately, like most commuters, I eventually have to make a right or left turn. Then that strong tailwind becomes a strong crosswind. Still fun, but not as much.

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    1. Steve this wind was almost laughable in its strength. When I stopped to take the photo of the bending Italian Cyprus, it almost blew me over with a strong gust. I had stopped with one foot still on one pedal, it caught me, and I almost face-planted.

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    2. Yes, the east wind was a rare treat for those of us who ride westwards in the afternoons. And the rain was a treat for those of us who ride with fenders.

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