This afternoon,1 we decided to visit the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. On the way, we hit some heavy rain, but the weather was nice when we arrived. We had most of the park to ourselves. When the rain finally arrived at the garden (with a little sleet and hail mixed in for variety) we decided it was time to leave.
After a couple of days off due to business travel to Arizona, I’m back in the saddle. Today’s was my first commute in steady rain in a long time.
Having dry shoes and socks in my DIY bucket pannier was great. A dry change of warmer clothes, though not necessary, was nice too.
Thanks to the blustery rain, I had a great tailwind most the way in to work. Maybe the wind could calm down before the ride back home. Hmm… The weather forecast doesn’t look promising.
I hope your commute to work is as enjoyable as mine.
Today is the last day of the BTA Bicycle Commute Challenge, so of course, I rode my bike to work. I’m so thankful for the rain gear I got for Christmas a couple of years back. That, and the dry shoes I carry in my waterproof bucket pannier.
Earlier this week, I toted my bike to Sacramento so I could ride to work in Folsom. Sacramento has great bike paths that I didn’t want to miss. My Folsom bike commute is about 5.5 miles each way, only an additional mile over my newer, longer commute route in Hillsboro. And I must admit, the scenery along Nimbus Dam and Lake Natoma is beautiful.
Apparently, Hillsboro got rain while we were away and it continues still. I resolved not to wimp out. After all, it was only a light sprinkle when I left home in the morning and who cares about getting soppy headed home?1
While I rode, I thought how much I enjoy2 riding in the mist.
- The bike lanes are rinsed clean, dark, and pretty
- My tires make a neat, swishy sound on the wet pavement
- Everything smells better, including my nose
- My blinky lights seem brighter
- Cars give me more room
- There’s lots more room at the bike rack
- Riding in the rain makes me feel ten years old again
What do you like about riding in the rain?
Pitter patter in a parking lot puddle.
It’s finally raining!
And I’m on my bike. I wouldn’t miss this.
Update: It’s getting better / wetter.
Cool, overcast, and sprinkles. It’s so nice of Anaheim to make me feel at home.
I’ve biked home in the rain before but it’s been more of an accident than intentional. I’d ride and then it would start raining.
Not today. I checked the weather forecast in the morning; it would rain all day. According to our trusty weather rock, rain was falling right now.
Suzi told me last night she needed the car today. And though she was willing to drive me to work, drop me off, and then come get me after work, that just didn’t make sense. After all, I had asked for bike rain gear for Christmas — and got it.1 Today was the perfect opportunity to use it.
I put on my new rain suit, my gloves, my clear safety glasses, and my helmet. I put the rain cover on my pannier. I turned on my blinky lights.
Then I pushed out into the falling rain.
The cool raindrops splashed my face. They patted my rain suit. My tires fizzed on the wet pavement.
Ha! This is fun. I wonder if it can rain tomorrow, too.
We made another trek to the Walla Walla valley1 to visit family. The count was 27 — kudos to Ron and Cherie for being willing to host the family, yet again.
Walla Walla was invisible from Dixie’s hills, obscured by the clouds, fog, and rain.