Now, i know some of you will say "pshaw that's nothing! this one time in band camp ..." blah blah, this is my story.
3 years ago, in my infinite wisdom i did a trip to edmonton on my R6 - worst mistake of my life, my back hurt for over a month after... last week, i decided to do the same,sort of.
my folks rented a cabin with my uncle's family for 4 days and i decided to join overnight since i had to go back to work on monday (today).
the ride to Lac Le Jeune was spectacular on saturday morning, it was sunny, the roads were clear with the exception of Surrey - surprise surprise. I got there within 3ish hours and a slight kink in my neck.
Last night i started heading back and it was still very nice, the weather report stated sunny during the time i was going so i (again..infinite wisdom thing) left my rain gear including extra clothing with my folks to bring back whenever they get back into town. I refueled in Merritt, had a nice sandwich and an energy drink, slowly got on my bike and rode.
As soon as i rode across the first mountain cross the rain started so i stopped and closed all my 'pockets', buttoned up and put my phone in a ziplock bag. Now i've ridden in rain before but nothing prepared me for needle sharp pain, freezing cold weather and visibility just enough to see the backsplash of water from the vehicles infront of me. Somewhere along the line i managed to also lose my right contact lens which at first i thought i couldn't see due to constant water on my visor, but i figured out it was my contact when i was at a complete stop between Hope and Chilliwack in the pouring rain because some clown on a semi decided to hug a tree. Now i honestly hope nobody got seriously hurt but at the time, with 2 inches of water in my boots, shivering in my summer gear and barely being able to see properly, i honestly couldn't care less. When i finally made it out to exit unto 232nd st towards Hwy10, the skies cleared up but it was too late ... my neck was killing me, my finger tips were numb, i could feel water swishing between my toes and my wallet, which i forgot to ziplock, was soaking wet and is currently on my window sill drying out in the sun.
Now for the positives, i now know to prepare a lot better and not trust the weather reports, i also know that i can take pretty much anything this stupid weather can throw at me and most importantly rain= no bugs, so, less bike washing :P
sorry for the ramble, and i'm sure someone's gonna say something along the lines of "you're stupid" ... but, thought i'd share my experience.