One Epic Adventure through Hail!!!!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Today's ride turned out to be quite the adventure. Our plan was to do the 35 mile leg of Little Red, so that I could see what it was like. We got to Trenton and parked, unloaded the bikes, got everything situated and ready to go and then my husband fell. He smashed his mirror and somehow in the fall his tire went flat. No big deal, he was going to replace the tube but when he turned the bike over he saw that his tire actually had a hole in it. Seeing that, he knew a patch would not hold up so we had to make the 30 minute drive back into town to the bike store. As luck would have it the store was having their annual Memorial Day sale, so it was crowded beyond belief! After getting the tire replaced and waiting in line for another half hour to pay for the tire, tube, service, mirrors for him and me we were finally on our way back to start our ride.
So, it's chilly, cloudy and overcast but I say a little prayer hoping that the rain will pass over and not touch us. We're riding along and it starts to hail!!! Let me just say that it hurts to get hailed on. We looked at each other and laughed because after all it wasn't raining. The hail stops and we have a little sunshine poke through. We're cruising along and about 9 miles in we come to the little town of Lewiston and decide to take a restroom break. It's looking great, we're feeling great, we drink some water have a little energy snack and take off again. Then what do our wondering eyes see encircling us?! You guessed it!!! A storm!!!! We're riding along and as the rain starts to come down my husband starts challenging Thor, the god of thunder and telling him to bring it on. Of course, I am completely freaking out...not because of the rain, but because my husband is yelling at a fictional god. While he is doing that and the thunder clashes I again am praying for the real God not to listen to my husband and to please keep us safe until we can get back to our vehicle. All I could think of while my husband was giving smack to Thor was about what Satan was allowed to do to Job. Needless to say since we were getting rained on we decide to finish the 18 mile loop instead of riding further into the storm. I just want you to know that at this point, I'm still smiling and happy to be riding even though I am soaked and freezing!!!! Then my husband tells me that my brakes won't work in the rain and guess what?! He was right! Fortunately I didn't really need them and by the time we got to our vehicle there was only a light rain coming down.
We drove home along the 57 mile stretch. There's about 20 miles of climbing and now I'm wondering if I can really do that after being on the bike for a couple of hours. We're going to ride that stretch on Monday so I can see if I'm up to the challenge. It's a steeper and longer climb than to Hardware Ranch. Wish me luck!!!
I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with family, friends or just doing something you love to do! Enjoy your Sunday! I know I will!
I know it's not a very flattering picture, but that's what happens when you're cold, wet and have a runny nose.