Bike Commute Diaries: Come Hell or High Water

03 Dec

Monsoon-worthy rain gear won’t help at all if your route isn’t equally storm-proof. The beauty and serenity that a creek trail route provides becomes a liability as the waters rise. And when the trail’s underpass is the only low-stress way to cross a freeway or major highway, your morning Zen will have come after you get to work.


About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.


Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Commute Diaries


6 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Come Hell or High Water

  1. fashionforlunch

    December 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm


  2. Rachel Unger

    December 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    🙂 I kept meaning to check Stevens Creek around 101 to see if it was flooded on Sunday. Didn’t have time before dark, alas.

    • ladyfleur

      December 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I took the Stevens Creek Trail from Central Ave to El Camino and saw no flooding at all. Should have ridden the other way just to check out 101.

  3. BR

    December 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I rode under the 101 and discovered that my estimation of 12-15″ of water turned out to be about 30″. The only part of the bike that was above the water was my saddle. In addition the current against me was enough for me to drop into my triple and move at about 1′ per second.

    • ladyfleur

      December 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      That’s brutal! Which underpass was it?


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