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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Rain...how far and how bad have you had it?!

This Sunday I rode from Florida City FL to Orlando FL at about 5 am. Beautiful ride on the way there but not so much on the way back. It wasa bout 6 pm and I was loading the bike up when I heard that horrible sound...thunder. I started to ride and no kidding...ride in the rain from 20 mins on I-95 all the way to Miami. It was not just a sprinkle. It was the rain where you focus on the flasher of the car in front of you and just hold on...that type. The wind was really going and there was lightening everywhere. It was really cool to see the lightening but I was tired as hell when I got to the house. The wind whipped me around like a rog doll the whole way. Yes I know...I should have pulled over but it was not that easy. The rain was getting worse and I was in front of the section that was more severe! I had to ride to stay out of the bad part so I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I did clock a 600 mile day though so that's not too bad!

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11 1/2 hours of solid pouring rain through a tropical storm from about an hour past Boynton Beach to Gainesville Fl. Cutting through 3-4 inches of water on the turnpike and stopped for the night there. Next morning, same thing all the way to Dothan Alabama, in fact, had to pull under the motel awning just to load the bike. Tough to stay focused and you have to go to that happy place in your mind to keep it from getting to you. Toughest we ever had to go through.
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Spent a whole week in rain. I planned for a trip for about 4 months in advance to ride thru Arkansas. I spent 8 days on the road and only about 1400 miles, but 1000 of those miles was in rain and on average about 50 degree weather. Couldn't cancel my lodging arrangments and honestly I didn't know that weather was coming. Nor did the locals actually.

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Rain has a way of making a hard man soft really fast. You step out and think..."Oh it's just a little rain." Yeah well when that little rain hits you at 55 mph it's not so harmless. Glad you all made it ok!

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Oh yeah I planned a trip to Louisiana last year I made sure and checked the weather and it was a go. Yep till I hit the other side of Dallas and then it rained off and on the whole 4 days till I got back to Oklahoma but I had fun anyway


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I rode to Vicksburg MS last Sunday 14 July and hit thunder storms in NC, GA, AL and MS each lasting anywhere from 20-45 minutes. At times I really had to slow to about 20 miles an hour just so I could see and the one in AL had to stop due to the hail. I've had rides with rain lasting up to four hours of a ride but never as hards as it was last week.


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Last year went to Ark. for the BBB festival and going was okay nice weather. When we got their it started getting cloudy and raining. We were able to ride 3 days but on the way home it rained all the way back to Houston. 10 hours of being wet is no fun.

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2010 Daytona rally. Dallas to Daytona rained the whole GD way and most of the way back, highest temp was about 42 degrees.


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This year in April, coming back from north Carolina 2 days of off and on at times so bad we had to stop because you could not see and the high was 50. This is my buddy his wife and my wife, looked like kids going out to play in the snow, this was in Jacksonville, FL.

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In 03' I rode to the east coast from Oregon in late August. We took our time (10 days) getting there, and had 8 days of rain. It did not rain solid but enough to wear your rain gear all day, every day. Last year coming home from the love ride I probably had 250 miles out of the last 500 in rain. Missed two hailstorms though!
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