Andrea and I spent the rest of Friday and all of Saturday watching amazing presentations (I can't do it justice--go to www.the-eg.com
for a taste of what was going on), I spent the breaks giving people hot laps through downtown Monterey (a wise man once said, It is more fun to drive an underpowered car hard than an overpowered car easy) but Sunday morning it was time to say goodbye--I needed to get home so I could ship parts on Monday.
I rose on Sunday, December 15 (which I'm giving as a reference in case someday the kids ask you, "Granpaw, where were you during the Winter Storm of '08?") to see it had sprinkled overnight, so I clipped on my windshield wiper.
Andrea joined me for breakfast, we visited my folks (long time residents of Monterey), my mom gave us some apples for the road, plus half a dozen garbage bags to keep my belongings out of the rain. The weatherman had dire predictions for I-5, so I decided to go home up the coast. I drove Andrea to her motor home in light drizzle, and found the rood worked pretty well in drizzle. "A little rain won't hurt me," I told Andrea, and she rolled her eyes and directed me to Big 5 Sporting Goods, where she bought me a rain jacket, rain pants, and waterproof gloves. "I don't think this is going to be a 'little rain'," she said as we said goodbye.
Boy was she right. It rained buckets from Moss Landing (just north of Monterey) to Daily City (just south of San Francisco). I stopped in Los Gatos (about the halfway mark between those towns) to buy some twine at a hardware store, to pull my windshield wiper motor back a bit--the wiper blade had been aquaplaning through the worst of the deluge. The rain lightened up in San Francisco long enough for me to get a nice shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, but looking back at the photo I see that 'light rain' is relative. By Petaluma the rain had quit, but it was getting dark and I clearly wasn't going to make it in one day, so I got a motel room, glad to have the nasty weather behind me. Hah!
Two lessons from that first day on the road: first and most important, in foul weather, clamshell fenders are a huge improvement over cycle fenders--it's a pity they're so draggy, because they work great at keeping rain and road grime out of the cockpit. Second, if it's raining, stuff everything in garbage bags (including the seatcovers if you can).