Holy Hail Storm
story goes something like this. Beautiful August day in New Mexico.
Blue sky, few clouds floating around, 78 degrees, no wind, current
weather forecast...dry. Perfect ridin' day. Talk to one of my ridin'
buddies. Let's run some two lane about 35 miles, stop get a coffee,
hang out a bit and catch up on local news. Good plan.
ride to Madrid. Park right in front of the coffee shop. Order up some
strong brew. Find a table in the shade. Doesn't get any better.
Thirty minutes into that laid back catch up conversation...BIG rumbling
sounds. Sun disappears. Sky gets coal black. First some light
sprinkles. Turns to hard rain, turns to BIG hail. Oh...HOLY HAIL!
Grab the rain gear out of the bike bag (oh yes...always carry rain
gear..always). Use the rain jacket to cover the tank to soften the hail
pounding down on the bike. No place to run, no place to hide. Wait it
is running wild with 6" of water. Arroyos creating new channels. Need
to find a new direction home. Not hitting the back roads on this one.
Running slow and easy. Wet ride home. Temp drops to about 60. Only
in New Mexico. You know what....doesn't get any better.
BTW: ALWAYS carry rain gear.
be strong, be safe, Carlan