Sunday, 22 December 2019

initial abort

Yesterday morning, in fact most of the day, the weather was horrendous. Matt beat me to sending the abort text. I didn't mind not going out. I did miss cycling, but it wasn't worth the soaking, freezing conditions.

Today I awoke to similar weather and wasn't surprised to receive another abort text. But I was restless, the weather app said it would stop around eight, so I got up and dressed ready for a ride. I knew if I went out late it would have to a local one. And with the threat of rain, I could get home quickly.

As it turned out, it was a great but lonely ride. On my own there was no reason to stop, just out to Bletchingley after a loop of Happy valley. Eighteen miles wasn't bad considering I was never far from home.

The rain we have been getting wasn't as bad as some have had to endure, but the road flooding is worse than I remember in previous years.

Even going through them at the center of the road results in wet trainers. I wrapped my thermal socked feet in cling film. It seemed to work, I felt the cold water but quickly recovered.

It's worse when a car is coming the other way, if they don't stop I have to use the side of the road. The water is deeper and the bow wave they produce ensures I get even wetter.

Too big to coast through, pedaling gave me wet feet. 

There are some considerate drivers. Stopping to allow me take the crown of the road. Avoiding a worse soaking.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Yes, I did get in first with the abort texts, probably because my alarm goes off at 0600hrs and I tend to look out of the window at the puddle on next door's flat-roofed conservatory/extension. I did two rides, Saturday and Sunday, just the local hill ride (six miles). Will keep that up today too. Hopefully. Must get out again soon though, although I'm guessing that if you're working either side of Christmas it might not be until next Saturday. Let me know. As I've got the Boxing Day event today, won't be able to do a cycle that morning, but the following day, if you're not back at work.