I was sitting in my office, struggling to conjure words on a revise-and-resubmit journal article. The sky darkened, and I knew a major series of storms was coming off the Pacific. I thought I might go for a ride before San Diego and the rest of California was hit hard by this El Niño event. Time for a storm ride.
The Berthouds are newly installed, and the Hetres have already proven their mettle in a few recent rides. I was ready to go. About 8 miles into the ride, by now at the mouth of the San Diego River, the rain started. I love the rain, and riding in the rain, so I began to enjoy it. Then the rain became horizontal. Winds were about 30mph. The ride became less fun as I rode straight into the storm, which was coming from the southwest. I turned around, and with the wind at my back, rode quickly home, mostly out of caution — Southern California drivers have a bad reputation for safety when it comes to storms.
I was soaked through, but it was fun. Storm riding is where its at.