June 25, 2010

Rain is a four letter word to most cyclists. Rain means misery, road grit, filthy chains, brake pads scraping like sandpaper against rims, soggy roadside flat fixing.

Journeys are often planned around the driest months. "It rained every day" is rarely followed by "Best trip ever!!"

But rain can also be a welcome respite. In cold climates, it can be an excuse to linger in a coffee shop or bakery ... or two. In hotter climates, it can be a gift from the heavens.

The photo above is from a roadside bus shelter we took refuge under in Colombia. The audio clip below is a commentary from Cuba, which still might be the best ride in the rain I've ever had.

Here's to warm showers!

Cooling Off Period

Photos by Willie Weir

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.


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