Tuesday, March 18, 2008
You can't see it when you're in it
Almost every day at this time of year in Belgium, multitudes of storms sweep through the countryside, taking the sun hostage for just long enough to drop the temperature below freezing.
But unlike all the other days of riding in this rather dismal weather, Jonas and I had a master plan to beat it.
First part of the plan was to stay dry for the first 30 seconds. There is nothing worse than starting a ride in the rain. We sat in the house, fully kitted, helmets donned, waiting for the sun to pop out. After about twenty minutes, sun hit the patio, so we sprinted out the door and onto the bikes. Totally worth the time spent overheating indoors.
The second phase of our plan was to avoid the storms. Shortly after we left the house, we realized this was going to be harder than we envisioned. Our little sunny patch was completely surrounded by a circular wall of storm. Determined to stay dry, we kept our eyes fixed on the skies. Finally an opening. No words spoken, we headed for the exit that should take us to blue skies.
Just as we thought we had outsmarted mother nature, it started to hail on our heads. We never saw it coming. And even when we were in it, we couldn't see it! Thankfully neither one of us had complete faith in our weather navigation skills so we were prepared with rain jackets! I just can't wait until spring!!!
I hear california is enjoying beautiful weather. I hate you all.