Friday, June 10, 2011

2nd commute

Yesterday I did my 2nd 10 mile commute to work.  As you may recall my 1st commute ended in riding 4 miles in a down pour.  I was not prepared and had to have my clothes dried at work.  This time I was prepared.  I cycled in sandals and carried my uniform, sneakers and phone in plastic bags.  The weather was extremely hot but at 5:30 in the morning was reasonable comfortable and the ride very enjoyable.
People at work, thought I was crazy for riding in such heat.  I was really looking forward to the relaxing ride home.  When I got my bike outside the skies were darkening and rain was imminent.  As fate would have it the skies opened up 1 mile into the ride.  I was prepared for cool rain showers but not the pelting golf ball size hail.  I was on the 2.5 mile trail at that point and my 1 watt Planet bike headlight was ineffective.  I could barely see the path and had to slow down to a crawl so as to not run off the road.  I finally made it to a major road but the rain did not let up and the streets became flooding streams.  There were a few foot deep puddles where I could feel my feet wading through the warm waters.  I had the death grip on my handle bars.  The skies remained dark as midnight, thunder and lightning were about and the rain was relentless.  Needless to say I was scared for my life.  My thoughts were please don't let me fall off the bike.  Please don't let me get hit by a car.  Please don't let me get struck by lightning.  Just let me get home safe.
I was grateful to make it home safe and sound.  I dried myself off, dropped the clothes in the wash and sighed with relief.  It was one of the longest 10 miles I have ever done.  I was proud of myself and felt more like a true commuter. 
"That which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you made it home ok, great story!