Last night I rode Haw for my first XC ride since Feb 20th when I busted my knee open. While I’m still not 100% I just had to ride. While pedaling I really don’t feel my knee. When I get off and stand around I feel how stiff it gets. As I approached East Shore the wind picked up and I started to hear thunder. I was surprised because I didn’t see any thunderstorms forecast for yesterday. By the time I was on east Shore I could see and hear rain falling in the river just feet away. Finally it blew in and big fat rain drops had me soaked before I reached the LDC. Usually storms approach from the west, but this one blew in from the east. As I approached the LDC the rain turned to hail and was really coming down. With nowhere to hide I just kept riding. I wasn’t going to get any wetter and with so much water there wasn’t any mud on the trails. By the time I got to Soccer Trail there was so much water coming down the trail it was like riding down a creek and in places it was almost hub deep. It was like the moment at a Snowshoe race where you just realize there is no escaping the cold, the rain, and the mud. So the sooner you accept it, the sooner you’ll have fun. As I got to the parking lot I was bummed it was over.
Here is the price I paid to ride last night.