Biking in the Rain

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?1And my rain gear is in my pannier.

While I rode, I thought how much I enjoy2I was going to list the few negatives, but I will save that for another post. I’m not in the mood. :-) 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?

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    And my rain gear is in my pannier.
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    I was going to list the few negatives, but I will save that for another post. I’m not in the mood. :-)

Not Just Another Ride to Work

Another trip to Folsom, this time by car. Although the drive is long, there are some benefits — for example, being able to strap my bike to the back.

This morning, I rode my bike to work along Lake Natoma. I had to stop a moment to look at the oak trees across the field. Beautiful!

Commute by Bike in Folsom

I brought my bike along as we deliver Melissa to college so I could bike to work in Folsom. That’s a first for me.

I was able to ride along the American River bike trail part of the way, so I took some pictures. I made a mistake, took a wrong turn, and ended up going over the freeway, so I could see all the poor drivers trapped in their “cages.” So sad on such a beautiful day… :-(

Update. Of course, the commute goes both directions, but after work, I biked to brother Bob’s house and enjoyed his cool pool with the rest of the family (but not Bob, but that’s a story for another day). Ah, the perfect way to end a day. Grandma and Grandpa brought food over for a picnic supper. Nice!

I then biked along Lake Natoma back to the Logan family “bed and breakfast.”

Summary:

Actual Time Moving1:26:37 h:m:s
Distance20.14 miles
Average Speed14.0 miles per hour
Maximum Speed30.4 miles per hour