We’ve been having a slew of rain storms since the beginning of the year, and it didn’t really let up. This past Monday, it stopped long enough to consider riding into work. My typical commute is riding out to the San Tomas Aquino Multi-Use Trail (MUT) .. what I like to call “bike trail”. But I guess MUT is for all the walkers, joggers who also use the trail for those purposes.
Anyhow, my friend, who goes by the handle cyclicious, has a web site that gives you at a quick glance, flood status of the MUT. Monday morning, I looked and saw that it was in the green, which means the MUT is clear (no ponding, no flooding).
I thought great, the ride in should be normal, and will not have to slog through a 6 in deep puddle. However, along with rising creeks, you’re bound to find mud along the route (which I did find … I had to ride cautiously here). What I wasn’t prepared for was a buttload of crap, debris, tree branches …
A couple days later, I was able to ride again. I’d try the same thing … well, they did clean up, but either they ran out of time, or more debris kicked in.
I could have ridden in by street, but I wanted to verify to see how accurate the flood detection tool is. It is pretty accurate, but it has no way to detect debris on the trail. I guess you take your own risk when there is heavy rain the night before.