I think I really understand and appreciate the term “rain check” now. Having grown up and lived here in the desert all my life, I’ve never fully appreciated the full extent of a true, multiday storm system. Sure, I know all about flash floods, and not driving your vehicle through more than a couple inches of running water. That’s pretty par for the course in Arizona monsoon season, although someone always has to test it. (“No, no, my insert vehicle of choice here can handle it, it’ll be fine.”)
At the San Tans, the trails drain so quickly that, unless it’s pouring rain at the very moment, it’s nearly impossible to get “rained out” from riding. And even on the few occasions we do, it’s due to the aforementioned flash flooding of the washes, and not the actual trail conditions.
So to have Wickenburg cancelled for this weekend due to weather wasn’t something I was really expecting. Granted, it would be cold and wet, especially Friday, but the trails shouldn’t have been a problem. And they weren’t. It was the roads.
Arizona infrastructure is coping very badly with the current weather conditions, so much that major highways have actually been temporarily shut down. I didn’t really grasp that notion until I pulled down AZCentral’s Road Closures page and realized that there’s almost no way to get into Wickenburg. Good reason to cancel, if a) half your riders can’t get out of their house and b) the other half can’t get to the ride.
The ride has been rescheduled for February 6th. Here’s hoping for lots of sunshine, for us and our surrounding states.
I think I’ve gotten off lightly from this storm — the worst we’ve had at my house was that Dad had to pump some excess water out of the fishpond to keep it from overflowing. That, and there’s a corner of the roof over the dressing room on the trailer that’s been leaky, and it dribbled in one corner of the trailer. Fortunately, I anticpated this, and there wasn’t much actually in the corner to get wet.
More rain is predicted for this afternoon, but right now, it’s blue skies above. The wind is picking up again, so those grey clouds on the horizon could move in…eventually. It’s a good day to curl up with a good book or movie, a steaming cup of your hot beverage of choice, and a cookie. Sounds like a good idea to me…