Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cats are Starving while I Wait for the Storm to Pass

I sit in my office waiting for a thunderstorm to pass. Today at lunch I knew there was a 40% chance of thunderstorms. Forty percent? That is less than half-a-chance it will rain. It's a no brainer. Go home for lunch and get the bike.

All was fine until time to go home. 5 PM, lightning started flashing to the west. A quick check of the online radar map showed a huge storm bearing down on me. So I sat in my office with a co-worker and watched the storm approach. Wind tore at the trees. Lightining struck the building across the parking lot. Rain fell in sheets.

So I waited an hour after it stopped. The pavement is starting to dry. Lo and behold, a lightning bolt struck again just a mile from here. Another storm is popping up out of thin air! Ahh....these hot humid days of summer on the Eastern Seaboard.

I don't mind the rain to much if I am dressed for it. I like a full face helmet and a rainsuit. Today I left my rainsuit behind and wore my shorty helmet. The ligtning is prohibitive anyway. I guess I will wait another hour. I've already had my quota of riding in the rain so far this year with that stormy trip I took to Charlotte 3 weeks ago.

Ms. Bikerphoto just called to remind me to pick up catfood. Those cats are eating me out of house and home...but that is another story for another time.


mq01 said...

LOL!!! at least you can pack/haul cat food... ;) be careful with that weather my friend, ride safe.

Ryan said...

rain happens just like other things.

for long trips, I've learned, just do it and be prepared. Sometimes I learned the hard way. Though there is hard limit. plan in extra hours in case you do need to wait under an underpass. This helps to make a call and wait and not have to ride late at night, tired, and in the rain.

Also, I always wanted to hook a very small portable grill to my bike. I could attach it to my bike under cover and have some hot food while I pass some time. I wouldn't be surprised if someone has already made this.

mq01 said...

hmmm, bbq on the bike, nice option :)