It's 8 am and raining outside. It's a cold rain and we are busy loading the van as we prepare to drive to downtown Hamilton and get breakfast.
We eat well and drive back towards the hotel. Dennis pulls over in a safe spot and I proceed to get dressed for the rain. I'm planning to put on my full Tyvek suit. I take off my jersey, arm warmers, and leg warmers knowing they will just get cold and wet under the suit.
Getting ready to face the rain
Soon I'm out in the elements and hoping for the best. I have to stop to put on warmer gloves. It's a cold rain. Worse, I'm facing a strong 20 mph North Eastern wind. I feel like I'm moving backwards.
The rain comes down harder and the wind is stronger
Geting wetter and wetter
Let's add some mud to the game
Back on the road, but the wind and rain is worse
My Garmin display is giving me my route on a nice map but with gloves on I can't change the touch screen to see my speed. I'm concerned that today's ride is going to take much too long.
My Tyvek suit is designed for single use and it's already been worn three times. It is no longer waterproof. I feel water puddling in shoes, my legs and arms are getting chilled, and the rain is burning my eyes. I plop through a few flooded sections of the road and realize that it doesn't make sense to keep going. I decide that I'll ride to Ohio and find a good place to call it a day. Ohio though shows up a bit too soon for me, so I press on a bit more. About an hour into the ride I see a school in Montpelier and decide that's the spot.
I pull over, turn off the electronics. Score: Mother Nature 1, Dave 0.
I'm a bit disappointed but know I made the right call. Diana is pleased that I have a semblance of common sense left in me. She says she is proud of me.
As we get on the interstate and drive into Perrysburg, Dennis struggles to keep the van in its lane. The wind and rain is fierce, visibility is poor. Dennis tells me that I was moving at a good pace despite the wind. For a second I wonder if I should have pressed on a bit more. But that thought fades quickly I'm glad I'm on the inside. Safe and dry.