It was a dark and stormy...
Monday, August 22, 2011
...Saturday morning :P
Which, by the way, I was caught out in! It didn't start out that way. The radar showed rain was coming our way by noon, and so we made the decision to ride early. Turns out radars can be wrong! What a storm that was... Ken and I were about 10 miles into our ride from Crystal Lake to Dundee when the storm hit. We knew we were gonna be in it as soon as the sky darkened and the wind really picked up (we were riding in an area of the trail with a lot of tree cover and it was already raining so it was difficult to see the sky and assess the "danger") Luckily we weren't too far from a park on the river where we knew there was a shelter, so we picked up speed and made it just as it started to DOWNPOUR! I was soaked through my clothes. We sat for the next hour in the wind/rain/lightening/thunder. Boy was that rough! I was so cold! A few other unlucky folks were with us waiting out the storm: some other bikers including a man and his young daughter, and a runner who is currently training for her first half marathon. There were a couple of vehicles in the parking lot with boat trailers hitched to their rears... no boats in sight though. Which means they were out on the river in this mess. Yikes!
Ok, so that was a really long hour!! When we finally got back on our bikes we made the decision to continue on 3 miles further to get to our original destination (a little cafe on the trail) ... I needed hot coffee! It was the right decision - no way could I have ridden the 15 miles home without warming up first. As it was I rode those 3 miles with teeth chattering and body tensed and covered in goosebumps! After filling up with coffee and the most delicious chicken & dumpling soup, we made the trek back home. Oh, and the sky was blue and the sun was shining!
I've had my fill of adventure for a while! :D