Riding the Storm OutCharlie Czar
The direction of the hail switched as the storm passed. I hugged the 3ft-wide pillar seeking protection from the marble-sized hail pelting, moving as the wind changed direction (the wind even started blowing my helmet down the covered sidewalk). It felt like it lasted 20 minutes. EVERYTHING GOT WET!! After the storm passed I walked up to Centennial and saw those south bound lanes were a fast flowing brown river covering all lanes and as high as the center median. I returned to the bike and finally found the puncture on my side wall, making a quick and wet fix. I put one of the large "zip lock" baggies (that I carry to keep mail and ride sheets dry) over my saddle and continued to the post office. For all that “experience, we only got one letter.
To return home, I rode up the drainage channel trail in Reed Ranch (opting to stay away from the road as much as possible). The water wasn't as high as I suspected in the drainage, but I had to ride my street tires through hail drifts. It is only a 7.2 mile roundtrip, but it took over 90 minutes that day. Thursday morning most of my gear was dry except my riding gloves and Trek saddle (so I rode my trail bike as we checked out Monument Creek during our morning ride). I broke the wheel apart a few days later (remember the flat tire that started it all) to dry things out and reassemble. At that point I realized that I could see light through the side wall puncture. So I reassembled with a new tire. A few days later I realized the Mormon Church has symmetry in that there is another covered entry on the south side of the building. If there is a next time, I going to the leeward side of the building and just “ride the storm out” on the dry side.