The sky outside has turned a dark olive color at least an hour after the official sunrise. A downpour replaced the restful, gentle rain that had been falling since the earlier thunderstorm moved through several hours ago.
The National Weather Service warns of possible severe thunderstorms with hail up to three-quarters of an inch in diameter, heavy downpours and excessive cloud to ground lightning.
I can picture Rantwick at this point gleefully rubbing his hands but I don't share the durable and irrepressible Canadian's love of riding in severe weather. It's all fun and games until a million volts of electricity actually connects with you or a tree happens to come down as you are passing under it. I ride under a LOT of trees. I also labor up some lengthy grades. Crawling along I feel like I'm just awaiting the cloud's pleasure.
The most intense weather is scheduled to cover both commuting periods today. The morning segment is supposed to give way to a steamy center with some hazy sunshine to set up another batch of severe storms in the evening.
I usually let the weather win a round or two. If it goes on too long I get aggravated and defy it.
A full repair queue awaits. Yesterday I finished a tuneup on a vintage ladies' Raleigh 3-speed with a fully enclosed chain. The bike is in good condition, so it took a nice shine. I even Simichromed the better bits of chrome plating. In contrast, I followed that by doing a repair estimate on a Raleigh 40 years newer and far more battered. The owner bought it at a yard sale. Fortunately, he is realistic enough to accept about $200 in repairs as part of the cost of his bargain. Other yard sale shoppers come in with higher expectations and lower budgets.
The three-speed looked like a great ride for a short commute. I could envision riding it on a rainy day with a nice classic rain cape keeping my work clothes dry. We're not talking about 14 or 15 hilly country miles, though.