|In the flooded underpass (guess that reflector works!)|
It's been the kind of weather that doesn't make an established bike commuter think twice (or at least not thrice), but not particularly conducive for convincing someone to try commuting for the first time. As I've written before at a certain point, biking becomes such a regular part of your life, that it's just simpler to get on the bike than to figure out the other options. However when you're trying to convince new riders that this is a great time of year to get on the bike for the first time in months, rain just doesn't help.
It's been misty, and a bit drizzly, and there's been a bit of rain, but no serious rain at rush hour. The only time this week I got soaked was when I walked to dinner without an umbrella and it started pouring as I came home. So riding has been damp, but otherwise objectionable. And at least there has been conversation with like minded folks, and free breakfast :)
This evening was the clearest it's been all week, and I rode along the river path, dodging puddles, and mostly staying dry. Fenders will take care of most of the puddles, although I keep contemplating a mudflap to keep my shoes completely dry. It was only when I left trader Joe's and was riding on the sidewalk close to the road that I got splashed by a car passing through a puddle and got pretty wet.
Fortunately I was almost home, which is where I keep the dry clothes!
I had been craving preserved lemons, so I put a quick tagine together with onions, chickpeas, a bit of chicken, olives, warm spices, a bit of leftover tomato and said lemons, put it in the oven, and biked to Target to return the curtains that we decided not to use in the kitchen. Again the path was reasonably dry, except for the underpass, although it had started to mist again :(
Home again, a nice spicy stew was waiting for me, filling the house with good smells, and bringing to warmth of a mediterranean summer to a New England spring night.