Riders on the Storm

I just did a little research and found out that about 50-60 people die every year from lighting.  I thought I was going to be one of them today.  We took a 70 mile ride despite radar showing some scattered rain headed our way.   I forgot my camera which is fortunate because it wouldn’t be working now.  We got drenched and spent about 25 miles riding in the rain. 

The rain wasn’t that bad, it kept us cool and while being wet isn’t as good as being dry there are worse things, like getting struck by lighting.  The road we were on was in a forest and there wasn’t much in the way of clearings which was good because lighting strikes were crashing all around us.  One was so close that it blinded all three of us.  I really don’t know how close it was but the boom felt like it was right beside me. 

I suppose lighting would have been more likely to hit one of the thousands of tall trees all around us, and the amount of metal underneath us is probably insignificant?  All I know is that I was actually scared and considered getting off the bikes and getting to shelter, but where do you shelter from lightning in a forest, you’re not supposed to stand under trees? 

Anyway after the storm passed it was a nice rice, we covered a lot of ground and several big hills, my Mom proved she is 100% recovered from her gallbladder surgery, Terry showed he is making big strides to getting in shape despite the fact that he skipped most of the spring and summer riding.   We even had a guest appearance from Jim who had the sense not to ride to the river.

Until next time, keep your eyes to the skies.


About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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2 Responses to Riders on the Storm

  1. Steve says:

    Glad you’re ok. I’ve been stuck in a few of those (never on a bike, though) and they can be quite tramatic, can’t they. The power of Mother Nature is impressive.

  2. Jim Russell says:

    I googled bicycle and lightning out of curiosity, lots of conflicting info but your chances of being struck on a bicycle (steel or not) is no greater than walking in the same area; should hit the trees before you. Of course if you are in a high open area then you chance is greater; at least that is what the Google hits returned. Of course mother nature doesn’t read Google so it can do what it wants.

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