The other day I wrote what was meant to be a humorous post about a ride in which several of us got stuck out in the snow – and believe me, looking at the photos with my bike covered in snow and slush and snow clogging my helmet vents, it was funny.
There’s another dimension to that though… After speaking with my friends and wife, we all agreed that there was more fear involved in that ride than any previous.
First, on one hand we didn’t really have any choice as we got caught out by bad weather that showed up two hours earlier than forecast. On the other, even with bright, neon clothing and a flashing light, motorist visibility sucked. Add to the lousy visibility for the motorists, the fact that we couldn’t see either and that the roads were so wet riding in anything but a straight line was nerve-racking, the experience was one that I will not look to repeat any time soon.
In fact, of the five of us involved in that little adventure, all five of us lost our breath every time we heard a car coming, wondering if we were going to get plowed into.
The important aside to that post is that riding in conditions where motorists are going to have a tough time seeing should be avoided at all costs. While we got stuck out, there’s no way I’d have gone out if that snow had been in the forecast – at least not on the paved roads. It just wouldn’t have been worth the risk.
While I am glad I toughed out some difficult conditions, I just thought it necessary to add the caveat that I also wouldn’t do that on purpose. Better to ride on the trainer and be bored than risk not coming home in one piece. Motorists appear to have a difficult enough time seeing us in good conditions.