Two Wheels - Six Strings

Random news and thoughts about various two-wheeled projects and music, especially my band, Skull Full Of Blues.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Just Got The Crap Beat Out of Me, For 45 Minutes...

My ride home, from work, is 9 miles. For 8 of those miles, today, I was getting pelted by hail. There are tornadoes to the east of us, and heavy rain all around. Of course, when I got home, the sun was shining.

I managed to miss the actual storms, yesterday, and rode home under sunny blue skies. But, there was plenty of evidence of weather, once I was home.

My yard and driveway were covered in chopped up leaves and twigs, which the hail knocked out of the trees.

And, there were piles of marble-sized hailstones lying around, in the shady areas of the yard.

As I rode home today (I left a little early in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the storms), the hail started falling about a quarter of a mile from my office, and pretty much continued all the way home, with small breaks of a hundred yards, or so, with just rain. I had a tailwind, for the most part, and that helped make it a little less grim.

I was glad to have my bike helmet on, when the occasional big hailstone hit the top of it with a loud clunk.

I lost my nice Gore-Tex helmet cover, last year. So I had to make myself one, the other day.

I put a grocery bag over my helmet, and covered it with with black duct tape (I'm big on the black duct tape...), then trimmed off the excess plastic bag.

It's a little bit of a struggle to take the cover off, or put it back on, but it works like a charm.

 You can see where hailstones pushed the tape into the vents of the helmet, as they hit. My head stayed nice and dry, though. It was about the only part of me that did.

My shoe covers filled with water, early on, so I eventually stopped even slowing for water in the low spots, and just plowed on through. Water in the gutters was deep enough, and swift enough, that I actually saw some of the big city-supplied trash cans sailing downstream, still standing upright, in one neighborhood. It was an oddly majestic sight.

All in all, it was a fun ride. I have to drive the truck to work, tomorrow, so I am glad I got the ride in, today!



At 6:44 AM , Blogger Pondero said...

Loving the duct tape application, and glad it kept your head from being pummeled.

I probably would have sought shelter immediately and missed a "ride through the elements" blog post opportunity.

At 4:10 PM , Blogger Doohickie said...

Scary stuff. The headline was shocking though; I thought you got jumped on the way. (I guess that was your hook to pull me in.)

At 6:53 PM , Blogger Steve A said...

Helmets are great for hail, but not so much for lightning.

At 11:52 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Yeah. Had the lightning been popping, I would have taken shelter, until it passed by. Oddly, there wasn't any lightning around me, as I rode.

At 9:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon... I'm such a wimp.. years ago when I worked at Mountain
Bike Specialists I commuted 15 miles each way .... it was a terrific way to start my day. The wimp part started when I was caught in a sudden snow storm halfway home.... I called my wife and had her come and get me. She is the one who called my a wimp.

Ed Levy


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