On Tuesday after work, I set off for Pennsylvania in hopes of beating the nasty weather that was on the way. Plus with the approaching long weekend, I wanted to maximize my available riding time. Why not set off from somewhere closer to the start of the loop that I wanted to ride?
Leaving Long Island proved to be particularly hellacious. With construction closing a lane on both decks of the George Washington Bridge, traffic snarled to a crawl when it moved at all. The traffic sign noted it would take 80 minutes to travel the 8 miles along the Cross Bronx to the GWB.
As the heat began to rise and beads of sweat trickled down my back, I tried to remain cool, remain positive. The bridge was just.. right.. over there… and on the other side was RIDING! Escaping NY Metro is it’s own special brand of torture.
By the time I reached the Delaware Water Gap on route I-80, a ferocious sky had opened and poured buckets of water on me. I don’t recall ever having experienced rain quite so hard before. The sky got so dark that I felt unnerved, almost scared by it. Thankfully, it didn’t last long. With clearing skies, I rode the last hour or so in the dry.
My goal was to make it to Williamsport, where there was a Whispering Giant. Then it would be a quick run to the start of one leg of that State College Shamrock Tour I had been eyeing up.
When I pulled under the hotel canopy to get a room, the sky darkened and began to drizzle. The girls at the desk said “leave your motorcycle under there, it’s going to get bad out.” In my experience, it’s hit or miss if a hotel will let you leave your bike up front so I was more than happy to do so.
Fifteen minutes later…
Raining cats and dogs.
While I was tucked safely in to a beer and a burger in the bar, the rain came down in sheets.
I was happy to be inside thinking about riding the following day.
This is my third point-n-shoot camera in as many months. ::sigh::
This one is clipped, locked and loaded in my jacket. I think this calls for a little ramble around on the ole motorcycle, don’t you? After work today I’m going to shove off to do a whole lotta nothin’ in Pennsylvania for a few days. Depending on the weather and my mood, I may give a leaf or two of that shamrock tour a whirl. Who knows? I’m pointing my wheels west and seeing what happens from there.
You know? Given my track record, maybe I should’ve bought the replacement plan for this camera.