Somewhere along the line I managed to piss off the pantheon of the entire planet earth plus a few deities of yet to be discovered civilizations. Collectively, the gods enlisted Mother Nature as their lieutenant.
I have never bicycled through the fury that she has wrought these past two days. Why is my mettle being tested so early?
In 1994 I rode from Virginia to Georgia over a period of about thirty days with one rain day. 2001 – 2002 a pedal from England to Singapore, almost eleven months, had less than ten rainy days, with only one incident of borderline hypothermia. Riding across the USA and down part of the West coast in 2002, three rain days in the course of about eighty days total.
2013, the start of a Texas to Tierra del Fuego ride and we’ve had two out of four days of rain. Not misting, sprinkles, or light showers but a full on, Noah is laughing his ass off, type of rain. I’m convinced the last time rain like this occurred, Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster and a unicorn all woke up from a bender in the Bedrock equivalent of Vegas, only to see Noah pulling up the gang plank.
Yes, talking about the weather is mundane, but let me put this in perspective. This in Texas. Since I moved here in 1997, Texas has been more or less under drought conditions. The Governor of the State Texas thought it wise to pray for rain and dedicate resources to such pursuits since the State has so few other problems like an average education system (C+!), abysmal health care coverage (>26% uninsured!), and good old fashioned high teenage pregnancy rates (#3, 85/1000!).
I’m just saying the weather has not been cooperative in this endeavor.
Thank goodness we found beer after fortuitously sheltering in Civilian Conservation Corps era pavilion the night before. The Bastrop Brewhouse provided warmth, beer and brats to a couple of demoralized travelers and fueled us into Austin through constant headwinds and more rain.
Even though we were slapped around by Mother Nature, to twist a phrase attributed to Ben Franklin,
Beer is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.