What a Thunder Storm!!!!
06.10.2007 30 °C
Tuesday June 12
Margate, Florida to Palm Coast, Florida
Daily Miles: 275
Accumulated Miles: 4,675
Today I am heading north up the Atlantic side of Florida. My first stop is to visit a friend of mine who lives in Ormand Beach, Flordia. Met him while Fran & I lived in California. He and his wife retired in Florida 6 years ago. Have not seen him since he moved – never met his wife.
The trip was interesting. Ron warned me a thunderstorm was brewing, but of course I minimized the risk. WELL – Mother Nature taught me lesson. In the space of 20 minutes the sky went from grey to black, then the lightning and thunder started. It seems the whole sky was full of electricity. AND then the rain started, not a slow steady rain, but the clouds presented a major downpour. AND then the winds started – my best guess is the wind gusts were 40 – 60 mph. At this point I see cars pulling off the side of the interstate to wait out the storm. There is nowhere to get cover and no exit close by, so I followed their lead. After sitting on the bike for about 10 minutes the heavy rain and wind reduced to a manageable level and I moved off. Ron later told me, that I was very fortunate, because the storm that I encountered also dropped major size hail in other areas. That could have put a few dents in the old motorcycle.
Needless to say, I did not have my raingear on (I am not too bright) and I as soaked. I feet even sloshed in my boots. Yuk!! Oh well, it is only water.
Finally arrived at Ron and Terry’s (his wife) home. They ordered me to strip down so they could put my clothing in the dryer. Neat way to meet people – huh!! They provided a nice lunch and we had a great visit. It was neat seeing him and meeting his wife.
After lunch I put my clothes back on and motored to Palm Coast, Florida. It was really great to be dry (well almost dry – there was the issue of the boots) again.
Ron & Terry live in a beautiful planned community. There are over 800 homes covering a large area. To learn more go to:
Now off to Savannah, Georgia