|Fallen tree with down power line in my neighborhood|
|What my streets look like|
|What the rural roads look like|
Hurricane Irene came and went leaving reminders that she had been here. Because of the expected devastation I had to spend the night at work in case there was a need of evacuation. I slept on the floor on a mattress with 3 other colleagues. It reminded me of a cheap Budget motel. All in all we laughed and had fun like kids in camp. My wife called me at 3 am Sunday to let me know we lost power. I anticipated that and was fortunate enough to hook up the generator from my RV to my basement sump pump. My wife transferred our food to the RV refrigerator. When I got home Sunday at 8 pm all was well but still no power. Monday was a beautiful day for riding but there was major cleanup that needed to be done. Monday night about midnight the power was restored. I got up early to do more maintenance and then it was time for a ride on this gorgeous day. As things would have it 2 miles from home I got a flat. Fortunately, it was the front right tire on my trike. So much for Schwalbe's puncture resistant tires. It was a quick repair and I finished the ride with 36 miles. From the above pictures you can get some idea of what Irene left behind. Fenders came in handy on some still semi flooded roads. I gave directions to 3 motorists detoured due to closed flooded roads. I am very grateful that we had minimal damage and my heart goes out to those less fortunate.KEEP RIDING!!!