First Rain Day of the Season

there have been a few drizzly sorts of days, but today was the first chance I had to get out in a good solid rain.  The Rambler was still all clean and shiny from the expo, pimped out with a new chain and all.  I needed to pick up some fixings for the first turkey and soon to be soup that is going through the kitchen this season as well.  Is there a better way to run some saturday morning errands in the rain than on your bike?

The first stop was on the far side of town, through the farms and resulting mud, to the mushroom farm.  If you have a mushroom farm in your area, it is probably worth checking out.  I was able to score a pound of fresh crimini  shrooms for $2.50.  Heading back across town to the farmer’s market the rain really started to come down.

The fresh hard rain helped to clean the grit off of the bike from the agricultural diversion.  With the last stop in the bag, literally, it was time to head home and dry out.

Having a bike purpose-built to run wide tires and fenders really helps with keeping the rain rides fun.  Also, this was my first chance to push the Paul Racers in the rain.  While not as powerful as in the dry, stopping from the hoods on hills was no sweat at all.

Get out there and play, do not let the rain slow you down!

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2 Responses to First Rain Day of the Season

  1. Ian says:

    I might have mentioned this quite awhile ago, but I do really like your posts with photos and ride tales from around Ventura. I lived there from 2001-6. Lived on the east side of town (Telegraph @ Victoria) and worked in Ojai. I’d often put the bike (short wheelbase recumbent) and take the bus up in the morning, riding home in the evening. Loved having the path to ride down from Ojai.

    Seeing photos of the area and comments about locations (I know the mushroom farm!) is great.

    I’m now in SE Washington, and it quite nice up here as well, but I do miss Ventura. Not sure that I’ll ever get back there, so its fun to see and read about it.

    (oh, and I love your bike stuff, but I’m a recumbent rider for most stuff, and have an Xtracycle setup for around town, so unfortunately don’t fit in with what you have)

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Ian, you are not alone with the readers who have passed through this town and get stoked on the pics. I love to hear it and it helps to keep me shooting while I ride.

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