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Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head...

After several years of drought, it has been raining. And raining. And raining some more.

We have gone from conditions where it was so dry that we were riding on the bottom of reservoirs (Stevens Creek and Folsom) to situations where the reservoirs are overflowing. In any of the last several years, it was hard to imagine so much rain that parts of San Jose would be flooded, but it just happened.

What does this mean for biking? Mountain biking is a bit curtailed. There isn't a lot of sense going out in heavy rain, so we have had several "rain days". Lots of trails are closed due to landslides. Others can't be reached due to road closures (Highway 9), bottlenecks (Highway 17) or disappearances (like Highway 35/Skyline between Castle Rock and the top of the John Nicholas Trail). Even places that are usually safe in the rain have boggy spots. This has put quite a few limits on when and where we can mountain bike.

When it hasn't been raining, I have gotten in a few road rides. This has generally been fun, but you have to keep an eye out for slides, rock and dirt that ended up on the road when you don't normally expect it.

It may sound a bit inconvenient, but I haven't minded it that much. It is OK to take a rain day once in a while. I think I have stored up about 5 years worth of rain days, so I still have a ways to go before my account is empty. It is good to see and feel the rain, to see the creeks full and fast flowing in ways they haven't for years. It is good to see the forest getting the water it has desperately needed. It should be a glorious spring!

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