The Sun and the Rain – Patrick’s Commuting Adventures
This May is bike and walk to work month. With a change towards great weather, May is a great time to pick up this healthy habit. Though, Patrick, our own regular cyclist commuter, would never tell you so. He has seen it all, and will be sharing his experiences with us in the following weeks. Here is his first piece about looking forward to a nice sunny ride home.
4:01 p.m. Like a prairie dog scouting the terrain, I pop my head up out of cubicle land and look out the window to check out the weather. It’s time to go home. The sun is out and it looks grand!! yay!!
… Five minutes later, after changing into my biking gear, I step outside and am greeted by the first few tentative drops of rain … figures. Well, that’s fine, I’m used to it. I scoff at this paltry drizzle!!
Away I go… no sooner do I turn the corner around the building than WHOOOOSH!!! the wind smacks me in the face. Nature has apparently heard my subconscious mocking. So now I have a Northerly head wind, bummer but no big deal… I ride down the road a bit turning to the West. More WHOOOOOSH!! … great, the wind’s actually blowing from the Southwest… both the directions I go on my route home!
Oh, and the rain is picking up too! I’m being pelted at various times from the front and both sides!! This is when I start cussing at nature… no effect. Apparently nature doesn’t really care if I cuss at it. All I can do is suck it up and keep pedaling!
As I get close to home, nature decides to unleash its full fury in one last desperate attempt to defeat me… or perhaps it DID hear me cuss at it … hmmm… either way, I will not be beaten. The distended raindrops powered by typhoon winds only harden my resolve!! I make it home, shake my fist at nature, and declare victory! Yay me! Isn’t biking glorious!?
The adventures haven’t stopped for Patrick. The next time, it was the bugs!