Watch Your Back

I headed out around 8:00 heading west towards Pensacola. Fortunately it was a tailwind on the way out, unfortunate for me on the way back.  I started out and a huge dark cloud was in front of me.  It started to sprinkle so I thought I would turn around and head back the other way, get some warm up miles in before heading out.  This turned out to be a pretty good idea.  By the time I made it back to where I was staying I already had 20 miles in.  Not a bad warm up.

Riding through Perdido Key

Heading out the sky was now clear and I was averaging 25mph with the wind at my back.  The weather wouldn’t hold out for long though.  before I knew it I was in another down pour.

The rain passed and I dried out temporarily. I decided to turn around when I ran out of good safe (not really) road.  The second I turned around, boom, there it was another big black cloud, coming right at me.  I guess wasn’t watching my back, I might have turned earlier.

So it happened again.  Another down pour.  I rode through it, there was nothing I could do.  I was just thinking about my poor bike.  I hate when it gets wet.

The rain probably did help with my average speed on the way back.  I did kept a decent 19 mph into the head wind.  I passed through several beach towns, and stopped in Perdido Key to take a nature break and snap a couple of photos.

I made it back with 69 miles, but road an additional mile just to round it up to 70.  It sounds much better.

One thing I learned from this ride is to always watch your back.  You never know what God has in store for you.