Orange Gumby Hits the Road From Austin
I had a choice of cutting short the Labor Day stay in Austin or taking a chance on the arrival time of the Hermine’s rains. I choose the latter and had another opportunity to test my rain gear and riding skills.
If you visit Austin, stay at the Driskill, or at least have a drink in the bar. It’s real history.
The first of the rain arrived at 1:15 am this morning – yup, it woke me up – and by 6:30 am it was coming down steadily.
After coffee and breakfast, I loaded Dave, with everything in my luggage and saddlebags in black plastic trash bags. I looked like and orange Gumby, but I’m certainly visible.
Riding the I-35 in the Rain
By the time I left, the weather report was calling for possible flash flooding in the Hill Country to I took the I-35 south and connected with the I-10 north of San Antonio.
Riding the interstate in that much rain was really a challenge. The speed limit is 70 mph, and even in the heavy rain only a few of us were traveling slower than that. To maximize my visibility, I set my rear turn signals to flash and motored on at 55 mph.
The rain was so heavy that I could not keep my face shield down because I could not see through the rain drops on the face shield and the windshield at the same time.
I did discover, however, that if I sat erect with my eyes just an inch over the top of the windshield, that I was in a sort of ‘quiet zone,’ where I could see pretty well – up to about 55 mph.
I managed to do this for about 97 miles but at Boerne it was simply too heavy.
I spotted the sign for Javelina HD and popped in there for a cup of coffee and to talk to the GM about creating a prostate cancer awareness ride. He was a great guy and I’ll post the picture as soon as I can snag another sync cable for my iPhone. It was raining too heavily to take a shot with my camera.
Funny Signs Along the Road
Riding along with water in my boots, I passed signs pointing to ‘Recreational Water Sports Areas’ and Seaworld San Antonio. Maybe another time:-)
A Patch of Blue
I caught a brief glimpse of blue about 5:30 pm, so I’m hoping I can get going again tomorrow morning.
Warm regards to all.