Whelp that was a bust. 7:30 conference call kept me from early dawn patrol. Hail, thunder, lifthing and flying cows at 5:30. I'm soaked to the bone and see a dram of Willet and a Mulligan on my future.
Rode for 15 minutes before the storm got too bad to ignore. I was going to keep riding, but I was with someone that had more sense. Would have been a mistake to continue. Bummed that I have to take a mulligan this early.
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I needed to leave work 20 minutes before I did for part 2 of the commute. That storm was no joke. It'll pass soon... 1.5 hours later I decided to just go for it while the rain was light. Some serious lightning flashes tonight. Oh well... I got to ride my bike today. Hence, it was a good day.
Another two part story to complete day 6. First , a late morning /early afternoon spin with the wife on the Paulinskil/Sussex Branch trail before picking up my son from school. Followed by a solo excursion on the Branchville end, before picking up my daughter, who's helping out with summer horse camp at Misty Mountain Acres.
Had to wait until after work to ride. Thought I’d beat the rain on a ride to the park, but that was not the case. We got drenched for the last 25+ minutes of the ride. I’m pretty sure hail was coming down at one point. I guess our shoes and bikes needed a good cleaning, so thanks for that Mother Nature!
I guess it's up to the judges to decide if this was my day 6 ride, or my day 7 with a mulligan for 6.
The plan was to ride during or immediately after work, but even when the rain eased up, I couldn't take a break to ride.
Normally I'm out by 11, but tonight I was busy until after midnight. It was storming violently for the whole drive home, but by the time I changed and pulled my bike out of the car, it was beautiful riding weather. Just took a slow roll around town, but it was very relaxing after a highly stressful day.
I'm definitely not getting up to ride before work, so I guess I'd better recharge my lights.
Although at least I was on a different bike than yesterday. Many puddles and road debris from the storms last night made the gravel bike with fenders a better choice.
T'was a mere sliver of a Moon as the sun was coming up (barely visible in the middle of this picture):
Mist Under Power Lines:
Storm downed tree branch blocking most of the road. This was on the return; I damn near rode into it in the dark on the way out, slightly distracted by the police car in the lot next to it. Thought about taking a picture then, but decided it was too dark.
It was definitely getting warm by the end of the ride. I was glad to get the ride in early before the heat and humidity really set in. This was a super-easy spin, but I know from past experience doing this challenge, metering out efforts is key. Last time I completed this, I did too many hard rides early in the month and by the end it was a struggle to get the legs moving.