Wet does not do it justice

Just got a proper soaking, the wettest I have ever been on a bike. I suspect that the flooding will get on the local news as “Flash Floods” with some reference to the lightening. Even having waited for the rain to stop before I left the rain started again and never really stopped all the way home but that was not the problem. The standing water and floods. Being hit by the splash from on coming and overtaking cars that could not think beyond their rush to be where they had to be to think of others.

However for every one of the unthinking there were many who stopped and let me through. Once you are in 8 inches of water you don't want to stop. If the water covers you side of the road you ride on the other side to avoid being in the water. Mostly the motorists let me do what I had to do.

I had to “close shaves”. One was a man hole cover covered with standing water that was more slippery than a slippery thing that had been made more slippery with the addition of slippery juice. I was doing a left and accelerating and the rear wheel spun and stepped out. No real risk of being off but was interesting. The other was earlier on in Farnborough going through a flood. This was a deep flood, 10 to 12 inches, which was deeper than I expected but it was the bow wave from the car coming in the other direction that almost had me off. Not really their fault although very inconsiderate I was 80% of the way through the flood at the time. Unknown to all all this was the deepest part.

What I really did not like was the lightening. Like a previous occasion in France there was lightening all around me. I suspect the odds of being struck by lightening would make being knocked off by a motorist a certainty, but for some reason it made for a nervous ride.

All of this was my fault. I had breakfast with Chris and I mentioned how rarely I get rained on. Then when the rain was coming down I said that my only time that I was rarely scared on a bike was in a lightening storm in France.

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