Not much of a recovery ride
In preparation for riding the MS150 today and tomorrow, I planned to ride really easy both to and from work on Friday. I accomplished that goal on the way in, but the trip home was pretty much a suffer-fest.
We had a line of storms come through right around 5:00. Don’t get me wrong, I was really glad to see the rain, but given how much heat and humidity we had in the air and the way these things looked coming at us on radar, I certainly didn’t want to get caught on the road, so I left work about 4:20 thinking I could probably out run it.
To do that, though, I had to ride hard. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of staying in front of it for about the first four miles. I could see lightning off to both the west and north, but I was heading toward blue sky the entire time.
A little over four miles from home, however, the storm sirens went off! Crap! That means it’s probably going to be bad if I caught out here. I cranked it up another notch, and started planning my bail out points.
OK…just get to Oak Grove Assembly. You can probably get inside there if necessary. I pedaled hard and made that. Now what? Still looks clear. Let’s make it to the 65 overpass on Catalpa. You can hang out there pretty safely if needed. Whew! Made it. Can I get from here to Sunshine and Eastgate? If so, there are lots of places to get inside there. Let’s go for it! Wow! That seemed easy…now can I get to the fire station? I think so!
Alright! I’m at the fire station, now it’s just a mile to the house and it’s mostly downhill. Let it rip!
Good…into the neighborhood. Wait! Let’s take a picture. Hurry up, I can feel the cool air now!
Thank you Jesus! I made it into the garage just as the gust front hit. Not a drop of rain on me, but boy it sure did come down in buckets and blow hard for a few minutes.
Enjoy your weekend. I think we’re going to enjoy ours.
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