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I was sufficiently impressed this morning to see (along with myself), quite a few commuters not put off by the gale force winds, hail-like driving rain, and subsequent torrential downpours.
Salutations to my fellow drenched.
That was indeed some of the worst weather I've ridden in so far in 2008.
Bring on winter!
my excuse was a power outage stuffed up my alarm clock. had to rely on my body clock to tell me something wasn't quite right; wake up and check the wristwatch was too late to catch the bus - so I had to drive. My third and last preference.
Still, it does me good to drive at least once every few months. It's always a good reminder why I don't do it more often.
kudos to all the diehards.
After all is said and done; a lot more is usually said than done.
Glad to know someone else was stupid/brave today as well.
Being forced into track stands going uphill was definitely a lot of fun.
If the weather is going to be like this for the next few months, I'm going to have to invest in a jacket that is actually waterproof...
I wimped out and took the bus/train this morning, but I ended up wishing I had ridden in.
At least on my bike I would have had all my wet weather gear on and had a nice hot shower and change of clothes waiting for me. As it was I got drenched and lost an umbrella to the wind along the terrace
That is when I left Fremantle ... According to BOM the wind was around 30 km/h on the coast.
Turns out Cooloongup (near Rockingham) had a tornado come through this morning at about 7.30. I reckon that might have kept you off the bike .....
It might have helped my average. A northerly is not a good look when one is riding in a northerly direction
Well I think you are all mad. I was working last night and sat watching the storm come through from about 01:00 on the cameras and BOM website. I was at that stage very glad that I drove to work in my cage till it was time to go home that is.
I left Balcatta (Halley Rd) at 07:30 and managed to get to Morley Drive by 08:05 but the upshot of it all was that I finally got home in Cannington at 09:15.
Is it possible that on wet days some Perth drivers close their follwoing distance and speed up?
Hopefully tonight is a little better and you all have a safe ride home.
Be careful because there are some real loonies out there driving...
Masi Nouva Strada '06
Scott Scale 50 '08
Perth, like Kalgoorlie, has lots of "instant idiots" ("Just add water .....") I don't know why normally "okay" drivers suddenly lose their senses when water gets on the road. But it seems to be a real phenomenon.
Not just WA I'm afraid.
My guess is they close up so they can see the car in front better in the reduced visibility...
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
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