Commute – 9/2/2010
Since my normal route to work is closed for bridge construction, I’m forced to cross Highway 65 at Battlefield, which adds about 1.75 miles each way to my commute. I consider myself pretty lucky, because Blackman Road to Battlefield has only been opened again for two weeks. It had been closed for widening and utility infrastructure work at the new Jack Henry campus. If that was still closed, I would have to either use Sunshine (traffic) or circle all the way down to the river to get to Battlefield.
I really don’t mind the extra mileage, but there is a pretty good hill to conquer going both ways, and I’m certainly not up to full speed yet. Those hills become a bit of a long slog! In addition, traffic picks up as soon as I hit Battlefield and continues until I cross Sunshine on Ingram Mill. It’s not quite as pleasant as my normal route, but I guess I shouldn’t complain!
As I headed home from work for the last time before vacation, I noticed a pretty significant little pop-up storm dumping a lot of rain on the downtown area, so I pulled into an overhang across from Central High School to pull on my jacket.
By the time I got it on, it had started raining on me, but as I crossed the viaduct, I was literally watching the rain move off to the west ahead of me. It was pretty interesting to see, but I could tell it was dumping some pretty significant water on some parts of town. As I headed south on Fremont, it became apparent how much water had come down in just a few minutes! When you couple that with the 5 to 8 inches we got across the area yesterday, there was no place for it to go except into the street!
The rest of the trip home was pretty uneventful, but I was sure thankful for my fenders on those wet streets!
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