Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I Do Hope

Yes, I rode to work today.

It was cloudy. It was time to go home. I checked the National Weather Service's radar and it looked like there could be some light rain, but very light, between me and home. I checked The Weather Channel and saw the words, "Dry Conditions Will Continue." The temperature was 79F/26C and I didn't really want to put on the rain jacket. I decided if I got wet I got wet. At the speeds I ride to and from work, I'd survive just fine. Besides I had all night to dry out.

And it did rain a little on the way home, but not very much. I wasn't the only one riding two wheels on the streets. I even managed to catch a photo of another rider.  There was another rider I didn't get a photo of. He was on a sportbike and had a passenger. The street was just wet and I was being cautious as this can be a dangerous slippery time. He was riding as if the streets were bone dry. Both he and his passenger had shorts on. He wore a tee-shirt and she a sleeveless number. Since this is Missouri they both wore helmets. My mind didn't go to their gear or the way he was riding. I just wondered if he thought anything about risk. I'm guessing they were young and I remember when I was young I didn't think things through in the same ways I do now. I do hope they made it to their destination safe and I hope no lessons were learned the hard way.
  • 63F/17C with the sun peeking out through the clouds for the ride to work.
  • 79F/26C with some light rain for the home ride.


  1. I share your thoughts and feelings regarding the young riders. And I bet they just hate those helmets, too.

    1. Yep, I bet they'd have those helmets off if the helmet law gets repealed.

  2. Yeppers, it is all about risk. Assess your risk and what you are willing to risk. I shudder when looking at riders in shorts, tank tops and sometimes no gloves.

    I know it is their skin/life they are risking, but it still makes me wince.