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Heavy mist

Friday, April 4th, 2008

It hasn’t been a good week for riding. It’s been raining a lot and on the one really nice day we had, I was sick. The weekend looks great, hopefully in the 60s and sunny.

This morning’s commute was strange. Rain was in the forecast, but when I looked outside it didn’t appear to be raining. I looked closer and could see a fine mist falling. I was going to ride in my work pants but decided against it. The parking lot was wet and there was more moisture falling. Once I got moving, it felt like I was riding through water droplets suspended in mid-air.

At first I thought I wasn’t going to get very wet. It still wasn’t actually raining. But as I rode more and more water accumulated on my helmet, glasses, and clothes. My wet ankles reminded me that I need to add a mud flap to my commuting bicycle. I felt water droplets on my face, and eventually enough water pooled on my face to reach my lips. The mist tasted slightly sweet. The air was thick with mist and fog, and I imagined anyone behind me must have seen the fog parted by my figure, and swirling eddies in my wake.

The mist got more aggressive during the second half of my ride, and I arrived at work quite wet but in good spirits.

4 Responses to “Heavy mist”

  1. furiousball Says:

    the mist got aggressive? you have weird mist there

  2. David Says:

    That is a phenomenal image… the swirling of mist behind you like the vortices off the wings of planes in high G maneuvers. Combine that with a high powered LED headlight slicing through the mist out front, and that’s worthy of a painting.

    Rain is my favorite weather to ride in. It was with no small amount of disappointment that errands forced me to drive yesterday.

    As for the mud flaps… yes. Even Noah acquiesced and installed them. I wouldn’t go out without them on my commuter. They’re almost as crucial as my Edge.

  3. Apertome Says:

    David: thanks! I do have a light but not a very powerful one, alas. That does add a nice touch to the image.

    I sometimes like riding in rain, but usually it’s sort of a hassle. When I don’t worry so much about the fact that I’m going to get wet, it can be fun, if it’s warm enough.

    I’ve got fenders already, but I think I’ll add some kind of makeshift mudflaps, using a soda or milk bottle, or something. The fenders don’t go low enough to keep water from splashing up on my ankles.

  4. Marty Says:

    I remember having similar experiences while running when I was younger. I’d be running through the mist, down a trail and through some woods, not really noticing how much the mist was building up, confusing sweat and dew on my body. Soon enough, I was getting soaked through, but it felt good against the skin as I would continue. By the time I was done, I should have been drenched in sweat, but instead I felt good as the cool water ran down my skin.

    It almost makes me want to get out there again, bad back and all.

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