Left home Saturday morning about 7a planning a 4+hr gravel ride. Checked the weather the night before so I put on sunscreen expecting, well, sun. But, 30min into the ride came a tropical downpour. Swell. I pressed on, exiting one forest, crossing a small bridge to cross the river, and up into another forest. Then came the thunder and lightning, in addition to the hard rain. I decided to alter course and stay in the forest (route had me exiting the forest, ascending in the open before descending etc) “hiding” out below the ridgeline. Though sunrise was 3hrs earlier, the headlight attached below my Garmin 830 and controlled by the Garmin turned on and stayed on because it determined it was dark enough. I decided this wasn’t fun nor necessary and returned home. 1:45 instead of 4hrs.
Later that same day, the sun was out. The wife and daughter went shopping while the son was online with friends. Bored, I decided I’ll go for a quickie 90min road ride. Again, I put on sunscreen because the sun was warm with a beautiful blue sky and only broken clouds. Route was easy with half of the ~30-mile route being flatish along the lake before turning up for a 4-mile climb of 6-10% (with a little 15% wall), followed by a lumpy but net downhill ride home. About halfway up the climb, the sky ahead looked ominous and I thought, “not again.” Rain began falling as I neared the end of the climbing. Soon it was pouring and I found cover for it to lighten up, which it did so I pressed on. A couple of miles later and the roads were dry without any sign of moisture and the sky was blue with broken clouds, and warm.
I opted to not ride Sunday.
A video still. You can see lightning at the bottom left of the roof across the road. The rain had started to slow before this shot.
A few miles from home and the road is completely dry.