Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NorthCentral Florida
Tales from the Dorkside
Ok, I read about all those long exciting trips our experienced brethren have undertook and marvel at the photos of their backpacked bikes with the beautiful snow capped mountains in the background and say to myself, ďYeah man!, Thatís what I wanna do!!Ē
But I hadnít ridden in heavy rain yet, canít go off half cocked ya know and I need the experience. Besides, I need to find out if Iím gonna drown or freeze to death, so over my street clothes I don my new nylon jacket and riding pants I bought last winter Ė I think theyíre supposed to be waterproof too. Off I go in search of a thunderstorm which ainít gonna take long these days in Florida. In some direction thereís always going to be a black sky, guaranteed. I soon wish I hadnít been so successful.
First thing I notice is visibility is impossible lookin through dark glasses and rain splattered visor. Besides that, the inside of the visor fogs up when the cold rain hits it. Time to pull over & readjust. Back on the 4-lane hiway, if I move my head from side to side I can see the road, sort of. The next thing I notice is Iím gonna need some waterproof boots, then I notice Iím gonna need some waterproof pants and jacket too cause Iím soaked to the bone below my knees and above my waist even with a windshield. Hey, this rain riding was a lot of fun for about 30 seconds, but itís really, I mean really pouring now and Iím pushin it doin 45, wishin those idiots passing me at 65 would turn their lights on to give me some warning. The best view I got, make that the only good view I got is those rear view mirrors Ė wish I could see forward as well as I can backwards. Itís only 150 miles to the next gas station & shelter, well, make that 6 miles, this is after all only a practice run! But my questions are answered. Iím not gonna drown, I can still breathe, but I am going to freeze to death. And these ear plugs arenít blockin the knockin on my noggin - didnít know rain could be so loud. But by golly I got some more experience now and some good experience cause itís off tomorrow in search of some Frogg Toggs I heard about on this forum.
Now I wonder if I can handle the rain at night? You guys who do those butt busters must know all about that.
Need some more tales, guys.