So.. yesterday’s morning forecast: mostly cloudy all day, then rain after 7pm. I leave work at 5, so no need to pack rain gear for later, right? Wrong. It started raining at 3:30, and I got to ride home in a steady drizzle with no rain gear. No, it wasn’t all that bad. But, I was slightly annoyed that I didn’t follow my own long standing advice: when in doubt, pack the rain gear.
I did wear the rain gear this morning. The storm system is moving off the coast, but it’s still plenty damp out. I checked out the park access road, and it’s improved to the point where I shouldn’t need to detour onto US 1 any more. It’s still not bikeable, but it’s now possible to walk the bike through without having to pick it up and drag it along. There are even a few spots of pavement peeking through. I also checked out the Grist Mill Trail head, and the first part of the trail looked clear. If I’m feeling adventurous tomorrow or Friday, I may try to see how much of it is passable.
I ordered a new helmet the other day. My old one is 7 years old and starting to show its age. I got a good deal on a 2009 Bell Sweep, which ordinarily sells for $130. It’s marketed as sort of a do-anything helmet, and it’s one of the only “road biking” helmets I could find that comes with a visor. The visor is important to me because I use a visor-mounted rear view mirror. Fit is also an issue with me, as I have a large head, and I was happy to find that the helmet fits me fine (it’s a large, of course). I haven’t ridden with it yet, but it’ll be interesting to find out if a $130 helmet is any better than my old one, which I believe cost around $50. Stay tuned.