Short Description About Today
- San Dimitri Chapel
- Too close for comfort
- Wied Il-Milah
- Ruinuous Rain
- SPRINT BACK HOME
and the rain ruined it too
Once again, the ride started extra-ordinarily late for me. 9:17am!!!!!!!
Usually, at that time I'd be about to start telling the other guys that it's time for a coffee and would be forcefully doing so. But... I blame the weather forecast as it was supposed to be a morning filled with rain and wind yet it really wasn't...A few droplets here and there but that was it. To add insult to the injury, I did wake up at 6:30am, looked out of the rain-soaked (I thought) window and slept again. At around 8am, I woke up again, looked out of the window again and still it was rain-soaked...after a more detailed analysis of said window, it resulted that the "rain-soak" effect was caused by something other than rain which I have no idea what it was. It didn't occur to me to look at the road to see if it was wet at 6am. Morning sickness...
Anyway, my ride started off at 9:15am due to the above and because I was being extra-lazy and decided to take it easier than easy.
The Ride itself
Perhaps today's ride had the closest call to a catastrophe in my 2-3 years of cycling. More on that soon. I met up with the group in Xaghra and we headed off to the Gharb / San Lawrenz/ Ghasri areas and visited San Dimitri Chapel again. Took the photo which can be seen below and yes, that's Master Domenix's bike which is overturned and no, I had no part in it's overturning !!!!
The Close Call
We then cycled off to go visit the now famous Wied Il-Milah but before that... As we were descending down a certain road at moderate speed, a couple of cars were coming up and this road, conveniently has bike-friendly street drains which if a cyclist goes over this drain, his front wheel will get stuck and he'll go over his bike and probably break something. Anyway, Brandon was in front of me and I was keeping on his tail (my mistake), a truck passed us and I hadn't noticed there was another car coming up and Brandon had to apply his brakes to arrive at a complete stop in order to miss the bike-friendly street drain.
This is when it hit me, my mind processed what had to be done and what could happen in that split second - I had to either go into the drain, go into Brandon or try my best to brush against car whilst missing Brandon.
I had no idea what I was doing and went with the latter. There was literally no room for error. If I had gone a couple of centimeters to the left, I would've hit Brandon, if Brandon had steered his bike a couple of cms, he would've hit me and I would've toppled over and probably would've been hit by the car too. Or I had to apply the brakes real hard which would've ended pretty badly too. Had the car been an inch closer, I would've hit it and become plastered into it's windscreen.
It goes without saying that it was an adrenaline rush like no other. But heck, events like those are bound to happen I suppose.
We continued to Wied Il- Milah, luckily there were no cars there! Usually it's pretty jam-packed with cars and people - thank god for the rain! Then we were off again and whilst cycling to our next destination (coffee) the rain started hitting us in large shots. We then decided to sprint home and call it a day.
The Ride on Strava (Cycling App)
Highlights of The Ride
- Chilly weather
- Visited interesting places (one)
- Fun ride as usual!
Drawbacks of The Ride
- The Rain!
Name & Shame
Pic of the Day