Originally Posted by GoldMember
Longest ride has been Seattle to Portland, reportedly 200 miles. My Avocet showed 196 though. I'll also say it was one of the hardest things I've done. Weather was supposed to be 80+ and sunny. Fifteen miles out of Seattle, the head wind started along with the cold rain. We didn't have any rain gear and when we were in Chehalis at around 11:00, a bank thermometer showed 43. Talk about lousy weather forecasters! It took us a little over 11 hours of sheer misery to complete it but we got it done. The last 40 miles I was bonking badly and was stopping at convenience stores buying just about anything I could to eat and made it through. At dinner at TGIF that night, I was falling asleep at the table before we even ordered. Man, that whole thing sucked!
I think we might have a winner in the "most miserable" cycling category!
I did a century once where I got drenched. The forecasters said the rain was to start at 3:00. At about 35 miles in (at 10:00 AM), the rain started. We thought about turning back, but at the time it was only a "light" rain, so we figured this was do-able. Big mistake. At around mile 50, God decided to turn the fire hose on us. I didn't have my rain jacket with me (figuring that we'd be done by 2:59...
, but I'm not sure my cheap jacket would have held back that deluge for long anyway.
There's any number of 45+ mph descents on that ride. Fast downhills in pouring rain is something I don't think I'll ever feel even remotely comfortable in.
Before that ride, I had a theory about riding in the rain: "you can only get so wet". After you're totally soaked (which doesn't usually take too long), the continuing rain really doesn't matter -- you're not getting any wetter.
Ater that ride, I realized that riding in the rain is like a trip through Dante's seven layers of Hell. It slowly gets worse.
Should this be a new thread? Most miserable ride ever? We have "longest", "fastest", "most memorable" categories already! Room for one more?