So, looks like I survived the two weeks without a bus connection. And Lizzie too, although she’s very very muddy.
Yesterday was the worst day of all, it was pouring relentlessly the whole day. It still does, actually. I’m just waiting for the alarm going off, summoning my dearest to some fire brigade duty due to basements full of water, or worse.
So, what are the ominous benefits of cycling in the rain?
1) If I’m honest with myself, biking through rain is fun. The prospect isn’t, especially not in the morning, but as soon as I was on my bike, pedalling along, the grumpy mood was gone. As it is always. I simply can’t carry a grudge, no matter how bad, when I ride my bike. So, biking through the rain at least improves my miserable “Gah, it’s rainiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnng, where’s the sun?!” mood.
2) Daylight. Rainclouds are dark and gloomy, but being outside will still expose you to more crucial daylight than sitting in a bus/car ever will. And that will also make you feel better, and gives your body the opportunity to produce Vitamin D.
3) You get some fresh, clean air. I don’t suffer from hayfever, but dust and pollen free air is nice. Nothing flying around trying to lodge itself under my contact lenses. And the smell of wet nature is… I don’t know, I always want to roll around in it.
4) Empty streets. No dogs, no kids, no anybody. Not even other bikers. If you need some alone time, get on your bike when it’s raining.
5) It makes you feel alive in a childlike way. As soon as you realise that no matter what you do, you’ll be soaked and dirty anyway, a refreshing recklessness sets in. You’ll bike through any puddle, enjoying the fountains your tyres produce.
I’m not trying to paint it in pretty colours. It is wet. It is dirty. If you’re not paying attention, you’re going to look like somebody dragged you backwards through a puddle. 7 degrees feel like freezing when your hands are wet. That’s when wearing the right gear comes into play. Getting wet is only fun as long as you either know that there are clean, dry clothes and a hot shower waiting for you, or you’re wearing raingear that prevents you from getting soaked to the bone in the first place. I’m usually not changing in the office, but with this weather, I resorted to pack my office clothes and shoes instead of trying to keep them dry and clean while biking. I even resorted to wearing my trusty gloves again, even if it’s the end of May, FFS. But wet, cold hands make you miserable.
I guess now I don’t have one single excuse left to take the bus when it’s raining, do I? Darn.
PS: Biking through rain is all fun and games, but please don’t do it in thunderstorms. Also be careful in torrential rain or when it’s very windy. You don’t have to prove anybody anything, and it might be wiser to take shelter/wait until it ceases.