This morning I was excited to jump back on my bike after a week’s vacation in North Carolina. I set out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with the sun shining down on me.
A couple of miles into my ride, the air began to look strangely green. Suddenly, all at once, the wind picked up massively, rain poured, lightening struck and thunder pounded. A small branch fell down behind me. It was freaky!
I was on a quiet neighborhood road and I started riding toward a bigger street in hopes of finding shelter at a coffee shop. I didn’t get far before I had to dismount and scurry to the sidewalk. I stood next to a wind-blocking building for about five minutes, getting soaked. (Later I read the wind was up to 75 MPH.) When the wind and rain did not let up, I scurried down the sidewalk to the end of the block, where I found a bank lobby to duck into (the bank was closed but the lobby was open for the ATM). There I watched the downpour and lightening for 30 loooong minutes.
When the rain let up slightly, I decided to bike the 2 miles back home, drop off my bike, change clothes and take the L train to work. I did not want to ride all the way to work downtown in the lightening. I finally arrived at the office at 10:00 – a not-so-great way to start back after vacation. Luckily, I have understanding co-workers.
I’ll take this morning’s “adventure” as a harsh reminder to CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE LEAVING. Also, as a WELCOME HOME, SUCKER, from Chicago.
At least I’m not the only one who got stuck in the storm. Anyone else get caught by surprise lately? Nah, I’m sure you’re all way too smart for that. :)