Bike Commuting, Murphy's Law, and the weather
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Yesterday I did my typical bike commute. My morning ride was accompanied by some light showers, but it wasn't too cold, so it was pretty bearable.
Notice that the rain didn't start until I started riding at about 5:30. I guess we can chalk that up to coincidence.
During the day the weather cleared up - blue skies and pretty, fluffy white clouds.
That evening, as I rode my bike to the train station, the wind started picking up and dark clouds were forming in the west.
By the time I started my ride from the Layton train station towards home, I was fighting a batttle against 20MPH + winds. The dust being kicked up from the freeway interchange construction and freshly plowed fields made it very hard to see.
And then the thunderstorm hit. I was being pelted by hail that felt like thousands of little bee stings. Luckily, that didn't last too long - it quickly transitioned into a deluge of rain, and the streets quickly became flooded. At one point, a guy in a big F350 Pickup Truck stopped and asked if I wanted a ride. At least I think that's what he said. I couldn't hear him over the noise the hail was making on my helmet. Since I was already completely soaked (I wasn't going to get any wetter, right?) and only a mile from home, I decided just to ride the rest of the way.
Notice how the thunderstorm didn't hit until I started riding at about 5:30. Again. Maybe this wasn't a coincidence after all.