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Old 06-10-19, 03:19 PM
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As others have noted, learn to read the weather radar on your smart phone (assuming you're riding where there's cell phone coverage).

At least in my experience, it's pretty rare to have even one day of solid rain (unless a hurricane or similar tropical storm is coming through). Check the radar, check your route; does it look like you can get to the next town or campground before it starts raining? Go for it! Hunker down in the town library, wait out a shower, and you may get another window of clear weather an hour or two later -- go some more!

If it's warm to hot outside, make sure your rear light is blinking, wear the brightest top or jacket you have, and hit the road. Call it free sweat instead of rain, it keeps you cool just like sweat and you don't have to focus on drinking all day long. Just wipe off the chain, rims and spokes with a paper towel when you're done for the day.
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Old 06-10-19, 05:11 PM
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When you are the tallest things around, it is a good idea to change that. This front finally caught up to us in southern Wyoming. I was pulling out our rainfly for shelter, and we moved away from the bikes. We also went down the road's shoulder and was prepared to wait it out. It turned out to be a practice, The cell passed over with no rain or lightning.


Sometimes you just have to get off the road if you can, and wait it out. We reached this small cafe in northern France just before the rain started.

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Old 06-10-19, 07:09 PM
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Once visited Miami area in the summer rainy season...every other day there's a good chance of getting soaked in a late-afternoon thunderstorm. The locals rarely wear rain jackets but somehow have an instinct to be inside when they hit.

Last month a short tree in my back yard got hit by lightning...a bit odd since there's many other taller trees just a few meters away.
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Old 06-10-19, 07:15 PM
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Ive generally found about finding shelter in time that (touch wood of course) that over time, we get better at observing the wind picking up, wind direction and approaching dark stuff , so we can scout out a spot to take shelter before a deluge.
Again, Ive never had to deal with being out in the open open .
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Old 06-12-19, 09:58 AM
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first thought that entered my head was a magnum 45.
this same thing happened me in france, first day was lovely sunny warm weather fantastic roads great campsite, but 3 days of monsoon rain left me heading back to catch the ferry back to Ireland.
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Old 06-12-19, 12:47 PM
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A couple of years ago, my ride partner and I were on a three day ride with what amounted to a perfect weather forecast. Well, that forecast turned out to be 100% inaccurate for both rain and temperature. The first day, it rained sporadically and we managed to find shelter along the way and avoided the heavy stuff. We spent the night at our scheduled B&B a bit worse for wear.

We awoke to grey, sullen skies with the rain starting within minutes of hitting the trail. After about an hour, lightning began crashing down along the wooded trail we were on. Soaked and getting more and more cold, we continued on until lunchtime. At a restaurant, we ate hot meals and begged for a couple of large trash bags and fashioned them into ponchos which helped tremendously in dealing with the rain, but especially the cold (and this was in the US in July!). Five hours later, we made our next B&B and used the laundry facilities to clean and dry out our clothes. It stopped raining 30 minutes after we arrived!

I guess the bottom line of our experience was a) don't trust the forecast, b) carry a bit more clothing options than you think you need, c) keep calm and carry on. Riding in the rain on a limestone trail was not pleasant but, in hindsight, it's the thing we joked and talked about later, whenever we reminisce about that ride.

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Old 06-12-19, 03:39 PM
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I wanted to add that despite so many good anecdotes and hints etc, it's a shame the person never once popped back in.
I hope it worked out alright for her or him.
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Old 06-13-19, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
I wanted to add that despite so many good anecdotes and hints etc, it's a shame the person never once popped back in.
I hope it worked out alright for her or him.
probably sold the bike unfriended all his friends divorced the wife burned all his camping gear and left the forum.
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Old 06-18-19, 07:54 PM
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Loud obscenities directed upwards to the Weather Goddess.
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Old 06-19-19, 02:36 AM
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I wanted to add that despite so many good anecdotes and hints etc, it's a shame the person never once popped back in.
I hope it worked out alright for her or him.
Interesting note on the OP not reappearing.... They posted last 4 days from your post and 11 days from now, so some time has certainly passed.

For what it is worth, from the originating post in this thread, the OP is on a tight budget. I think that is their primary constraint/frustration and taking cover from the weather is eating in to that budget at a much higher rate than planned for.

None of us know the details of the OP's "tour", so what area, where from/to, mileage goals, etc are all unknown. Timeframe is also an unknown. Is this "tour" scheduled over a 2 week "vacation" from work? In that case, the time constraint is going back to work on time and the frustration of the weather on the tour would certainly be understandable - it would be wrecking the tour to be unsalvageable in the time given, not just eating the budget.

If the tour doesn't have a particular timeframe my thoughts are to go home, look at the weather closer, and go back out when there is a favorable weather pattern. You can't move far enough on a bike fast enough to get out of a week long wet weather pattern.

If time is critical - jump on a buss or train and get yourself away from the wet weather pattern to continue the tour somewhere else. Consider it an adventure - a basic idea to start with, but what ends up happening unfolds as it does. Look at it in a positive way and, if you can't enjoy being wet in the location you're in for the time you're there, go somewhere in that time that is dry where you can enjoy, even if it wasn't the "original plan". Though, I realize a buss or train trip is more cost - it might not be as much as a week of motel stays, if you had to resort to that.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:29 AM
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all good points, thanks KC

I totally get it being very frustrating wasting money. Ive always been very careful of my money, and having to spend in on a motel would have been a real drag on my first tours--or even today to be quite frank.
Being on a money budget, and time budget is a real issue, and I totally get it.
All that money wasted is very frustrating.

again, I'm sorry the person had the bad luck of bad weather, and I hope it didnt put them off trying bike touring another time.
I also hope some of the suggestions were read and tucked away and remembered.
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Old 06-19-19, 08:33 AM
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What I think is that the original poster should first stop thinking about where they will stay ever night. Then stop looking at weather reports. Learning to trust your gear takes time and will save you money and stress. I have been on a continual cycling adventure since 2011. The first days out was nothing but wind, sleet, rain, and snow storms. It was not fun. I was angry and wanted to quit once I realized I had only gone 30 miles in ten hours. I called a friend and went to his house after realizing I was only down the road. The next morning I wanted a ride home. He laughed at me and said he was going to work and I had got to get myself back. It was below freezing outside. He made me sitoutside so he could lock up the house on his way out. I sat there in his driveway from 5:30 a.m. until 8 a.m.before sucking it up and heading south. The weather was a butt all the way from Washington DC to Hampton, VA. Then I got hit by a truck days later crossing from Virginia into North Carolina. I turned around and backtracked to Williamsburg, VA before finally getting on track for Florida via another route. But after several days I developed the mindset of looking foward that each day will be better than the first. If I waited it out in a motel or better yet, started on a nice forecasted week ahead- each day foward I would be fearing the day it got worse.

The toughest part of cyclotouring is knowing when to stop and where to sleep, in my opinion. Unless you are in the desert.... not dessert, then it becomes water and shade. But I think we all get what I mean. Sometimes we stop when it is not neccessary and that is okay. The trick is to learn when to actually stop. Only you can decide that. Also, I realize you may not have the "street smarts" degree which I have, but seriously.... never pay "the price" for a motel. Be honest with the desk clerk at the inconvenience of the situation you are in. Cylcotouring is about people and experiences. You may be surprised how important meeting you can be to someone feeling stuck in their own situation. Keep that in mind as your tough days roll away. Remember, generally, when it is raining out there are less cars on the roadway.
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Old 06-19-19, 08:38 AM
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If you think the rain is bad, wait until you meet its friend- Wind.... on a nice day going the wrong way. Seven ish years of travel, the wind is the only thing, sans lightning (I got hit by lightning during year one) is the one item that makes fairweather friends seem like real friends.
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