One of the things I like about summer is that it rains slightly less, and when it doesn’t rain for a few days it is warm enough for the standing water to evaporate meaning that dirt-paths become firm and easily passable. In winter this doesn’t happen as readily, but you can have some fun out on paved roads when a high pressure bubble comes along and gives you a few dry and freezing days. Even when it does rain in summer it isn’t as bad; I’ve been rained on a few times in the past couple of days and it was still quite pleasant to be out. On Wednesday I was caught in the rather heavy rain, got soaked through but I wasn’t freezing so I didn’t mind. My peachy fabric bike-pants dried quickly enough and I was mostly dry already by the time I got home.
Yesterday I decided to go to the Trafford Centre again (I wanted red shoe polish at about 8:30 pm) I decided to largely ignore the useless cycling infrastructure discussed previously and ride on the road. There was little other traffic which made for a nice ride. The only downside was that what traffic remained was universally speeding. On the way back it was quite warm. There was a fine drizzle which was coming down at just the right rate to land on you and evaporate at about the same rate, leaving me feeling refreshed and quite dry. Riding in the rain can be nice, you just need the right approach.