Posted by: Henry J | August 23, 2010

Riding in the Rain

The Weather Channel forecasted a 10-15% chance of rain on Saturday, so I decided to ride on the New River Trail from Fries to Buck Dam and back. This is a very scenic stretch of the New River even though it is scarred by two small dams, Byllesby and Buck.

Regardless of the forecast, the radar map showed a line of rain moving from west to east. I decided to risk the rain as the storms on the radar did not look menacing. When we arrived at Fries, it was not raining but the sky was very dark. As I approached Buck about 45 minutes into my ride, the rain began.

The rain turned out to be a gentle, summer shower. As I rode back to Fries, both the trail and I became wetter and wetter. It was the first time I had ridden in the rain for a while. I have to say, it was a lot of fun riding in the rain!

Unfortunately, the wet trail refused to stay put and my tires sprayed mud all over me and my bicycle. I’m clean now of course, but I’ll have to wash my bicycle soon.

Yesterday, I was back on my road bike and headed over East River Mountain for a beautiful Sunday afternoon ride. I’m very tired today and glad, in some ways, that today is a rest day. Be sure that I’ll be day-dreaming about the next ride – what an adventure!


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