As it was, I took the ride a lot slower. Swathed in rain gear, I saw no need to work at building up a sweat and figured that slower meant easier to stop if necessary. I also claimed more of the road than I typically do. There are two lanes for traffic for most of my route and so cars weren't unduly put out by me taking half the right-most lane and I didn't have to ride through nearly as much deeper water. At one point, the rain grew heavy enough that I could feel it hitting me through the rain gear so I pulled into an office's overhang to sit out the heaviest of it. Just a couple of minutes made the last half of the ride much more pleasant. I also took the liberty of bringing my bike inside rather than parking it out in the rain. A wet seat on the ride home would be a bit much, I think.
- The rain gear does a wonderful job.
- On days I expect rain, I should use Baggie-con packing methods to keep everything dry (as opposed to "mostly dry") in the rack trunk.
- Those dry things should include an extra pair of socks.
- The visor on my helmet does a decent job of keeping the rain off my glasses.
We'll see if the rain keeps up until morning but I feel quite well prepared for the ride back. My feet will be wet, unfortunately, but with the prospect of warm, dry socks at the end, I think I'll persevere.