Some Perks and Pitfalls of Riding a Motorcycle Through a Summer Rainshower

For the next two days, I’ll be hanging out in the Uintas with a bunch of cool people that I get to work with – but that’s not what I want to talk about in this post. Today I rode my motorcycle, the lovely Ginger, up to Daniel’s Summit to get to this conference, and I went through a couple of decent cloudbursts. As I was getting rained on, it got me thinking about how it’s annoying but simultaneously not that bad, either. Without further ado…the perks and pitfalls.

Perk: Summer rainshowers break the heat, especially on a day when it’s 95+ outside and you’re riding on super-hot freshly paved asphalt.

Pitfall: Summer rainshowers give me temperature whiplash because it goes from 95+ down to 65 and then back again in the space of about five minutes. And then the same thing happens when you go through the next cloudburst.

Perk: Rain makes the mountains smell even MORE amazing than they usually do – the smell of wet dirt and grass and cedar trees is seriously unbeatable.

Pitfall: Rain also amplifies some slightly earthier smells. Like cow poo, horse poo, sheep poo, and whatever other kind of poo-making animals reside in the fields you just rode by.

Perk: Rain washes off a little bit of the road dirt!

Pitfall: It doesn’t really wash off enough dirt to make any difference.

Perk: Blue summer skies filled with gorgeous cloudscapes are wonderful.

Pitfall: Getting hammered in the face by raindrops at highway speeds is a little bit like a bunch of really unpleasant, but short-lived, beestings. Of course, this isn’t to say that actual beestings at highway speeds aren’t something to contend with as well.

Perk: You don’t really hit a lot of insects while you’re getting rained on.

Pitfall: As soon as you’re out of the rainstorm, you get to ride through what seems like a LOT of insects. I’m pretty sure I hit a grasshopper with my knuckles at 70 mph right after the first cloudburst.

Perk: We really need rain. There’s no pitfall for this one.

Love, peace, and joyful riding,
Sumiko

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