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Friday, August 31, 2012

(very) early season rain ride


It's not often we get summer afternoon thundershowers here. And when we do get them it seems they're just that - showers - some big drops for a few minutes with pretty big clouds and a few booms of thunder. Yesterday, however, was rather unusual. It was about 95 degrees midday. It's been about that for a little while. The weather forecast keeps telling us that it's about to cool down in a few days. But a-few-days never comes. By mid-afternoon yesterday the clouds had started to darken the sky. I didn't think much of it until I heard tin drops - big drops hitting an aluminum ladder outside. I went out to watch. I always like to go out into he first rain of the season. I figured it would just be a few heavy drops and a quick cool down and then gone. Well it was sort of quick. The off-and-on rain showers had come and gone within about two hours.  I'd already headed out on the bike after the first wave thinking it was over. I ended up riding through a few more light showers. I had a rain cape with me but decided against wearing it thinking that somehow that seemed like bad luck to wear a cape in the first rain storm of the year - somehow an insult to the rain gods. And it was still quite warm so it felt good to be cooled by the remnant rainfall. When I returned from my ride I was astonished to find that the storm had left nearly an inch of rain behind (2.3cm)! In August! How did I manage to ride through all that in a t-shirt and hardly even get a wet, only seeing a few drops? It was a good ride. Maybe great. One that makes you feel free and connected and apart of the earth - not hiding away from it. I kept thinking This is so cool, this is so cool…

5 comments:

JustinM said...

The summer rains are the only thing I like about the summer weather here. But the last few days have shown glimpses of autumn, and it's been glorious.

mindful mule said...

I too like the summer rain. It will be a glorious autumn.

Kristina said...

I was talking to someone who definitely enjoyed the rain while on a run.

I can't wait for autumn.

A Midnight Rider said...

Summer rains on a bike can be very cool indeed.

mindful mule said...

Thanks, Kristina. Autumn is already here "around the edges." But I can't wait, too. I'm going to run through all the hills constantly. How's that song go... "the hills are alive..."

Thanks, Midnight. It tried to rain a little more today but only squeezed out a few big drops. Ride On!

I feel like all the blogo-sphere is waiting on the arrival of autumn. It's gonna be great, i know, i feel, in faith...