Homer's Travels: What The Hail?!?

Friday, August 24, 2018

What The Hail?!?

I went for a bike ride this morning and experienced something new (for me).  I knew there was a chance for rain so I wasn't surprised when, on the way back to the car, it started to sprinkle.

What I wasn't expecting was the sprinkles becoming a downpour.  I wasn't too bothered by this since I won't melt when I get wet.  I'd ridden in hard rain during my RAGBRAI ride in 2015.  I did get a bit concerned when I saw some of the rain bounce.

In the middle of the downpour it started to hail.  Most of it was pea-sized or smaller but they sure felt, and sounded, big when they hit my bike helmet.  Riding in hail - a first for me.  I clicked up a gear and booked it to the next underpass in search of shelter.  By the time I got to the underpass the hail had stopped and the rain was back to a drizzle.  A half mile later the concrete was dry.

I was soaked when I got back to the car but I felt pretty good.  This is good considering I did 28 miles (45 km) today.  I often like firsts but I hope this is the last time I bike in hail.

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