Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Small town cycling stories...



I just realized that I've been out of Seattle for 4 years now and I haven't shared any of my rural cycling experiences with this blog. I'm sorry about that, when I left, I promised to share my experiences with friends, but underestimated the magnitude of the event of moving one's family!

I have so many cycling stories, but I have one that stands out that seems uniquely rural, but could happen anywhere-

3 years ago, my cycling buddy Steve and I were out on a ride about 20 miles from home. It was March, and the weather was cold and dry, but threatening. We ignored the clouds (as any former native Puget Sounder would do). As we rolled along after a big hill, the clouds opened up and began dumping water - like monsoon dumping. A few minutes into the deluge, I flatted. We pulled off to the side of the road to fix my flat. As I struggled to open my saddle bag with numb fingers a car raced up, pulled over, and a lady ran out of her car with an umbrella and held it over us while we changed the flat.

It turned out that neither of us knew her, and she didn't try to sell us on any product, church or agenda, she was just helping out.

3 comments:

poser said...

that's an great story Kevin—thanks for sharing. I always get so freaked out when I riding in super-rural areas (much more comfortable in city traffic weirdly) — it's nice to hear stories that don't involve pick-up truck spraying gravel all over you, or yahoos trying to run you off the road.

Ted Diamond said...

Very nice, in so many ways. I hope that lady has had a lot of good karma go her way.

Chong said...

Awesome!