I was in that storm in east mesa heading home in my truck. Saw 3 bikers riding in the hail and not enjoying it! All I could think is how glad I was to be in that truck!!! My yard was covered with it like snow!!!
I've been in some bad riding conditions but I have to say the worst is riding around central Ohio's lake country during the height of the Cicada season. Talk about a swarm of pain! Don't know what I was thinking.
I got in some road constuction with pieces of gravel and debris flying up from the hummer in front of me. I had to back off a good 500 yards before I quit being sand blasted. The people behind my were not very understanding. Yes, gravel hurts, just like hail. Even rain seems to hurt. Maybe I should get a windshield or at least a face shield.
Ouch is right! I've never been caught in a hailstorm (on my bicycle, yes; on my motorcycle, no), but I did get caught in a sleet storm this past fall. I had a full-face helmet on, so my head and face were protected. My coat with armor protected my torso, and my gloves and boots took care of my hands and feet. But I was wearing only jeans, and wow, did my legs hurt! I can't imagine how much more painful big hailstones would be! We pulled over quick when the storm started, but until we did it was pretty awful.
I remember once when as a kid living in Davenport Iowa, we had one of them twister generating storms that dumped golfball sized hail for about 15 minutes. Talk about battered trees and cars. Stuff that size would kill a guy
We get those kind of hailstorms here, too, David, and they're frightening. I hope to god I never get caught in one on my bike. I've had bad damage to cars and houses from those storms! One good reason to wear a helmet, I suppose. Those storms can come up on you really fast, before you ever realize what's happening.
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