Another early start and a wet day.
I was out of bed at 6.10am and managed to get going by 7am this time. I had a big breakfast before setting off which was a struggle. I'm never hungry when I wake up, especially at that time. A good feed is essential though.
The first 45 miles I was heading in a Northerly direction. The day started out beautifully with some good views and sunshine. I covered 40 miles by 10.30am.
On the horizon looking west the whole sky was becoming very dark. A big rain storm, which was developing into a storm was slowly moving east to meet me as I moved north.
Once I reached Centerville the direction I was travelling was due to change to head East as well.
As I hit town so did the fringes of the rain storm. I couldn't decide whether to set down in a cafe and wait for it to pass or go for it, to my chosen destination. I wanted to reach Bloomfield which was another 25 miles away.
I looked around for a suitable cafe or diner in Centerville as the rain began to get heavier. I couldn't find anything and decided not to wait and push on, fast, to get the days riding done.
The sky overhead didn't look quite as dark any more which helped me make my decision.
So off I went, basically on the fringe of a big system that could turn into a storm. We were both heading on the same direction, slowly. I think I was a little faster.
Occasionally the sky would light up behind me and I would wait for the thunder. I was getting rained on constantly and was pushing as hard as I could sustain for a couple of hours, having already ridden 45 miles.
There seemed to be plenty of houses on route, occupied mainly by Amish people, so I knew it wouldn't be hard to stop somewhere if the weather got really bad.
It was quite an exhilarating finish to the day and I arrived in Bloomfield having done 71 miles by 1pm, soaked through but pleased with myself.
Tomorrow lots of stormy weather is predicted so I may well just rest for the day. I'm not worried about rain but lightening really does put a damper on things.