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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
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  • TIGGER622
    Hey darlin! Sounds like quite the adventure! Took me long enough to read about it! Are you riding on more of a road bike now? After doing these tri's I have been looking into getting myself a road bike and using your trek as my training bike... wondering what you were riding on - i know your hubby built you something :) Hope you're doing well.. oh yea you are on vacation i think! Enjoy!!!
    2422 days ago
    Saturday we were taking our oldest son to WIU in Macomb IL. I like to drive in the dark early as 3am into the day time that way we can make our way home before dark. Well what had happened was my husband, he has no sense of time & we drove down 55 & the rain wasn't bad. We got onto 80 & I could barely do 55miles! I was scared but I knew I had to keep calm. Got to 60miles & the sun came out & the weather was excellent. I called my girlfriend in Chicago & she said it was raining like cats & dogs & it was 67degrees. I enjoyed the warmth in Macomb Il. So glad you warmed up....

    God bless & enjoy everyday!

    2433 days ago
    Glad you made it through! Sounds like quite an adventure. The Perils of Cycling....could be a novel! LOL!
    2434 days ago
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