Kingdom of rain

I thought I’d indulge myself with a couple more ride videos. I know many readers enjoy these and find it interesting to see what life on a bike is like.

This video takes a journey homewards after work – I pick it up in Walsall Road, Darlaston, and travel through James Bridge, Alumwell and join the New Ring Road at the Rollingmill Street junction. The film finishes near the Walsall Leather Museum at the Day Street junction. The journey took place last Wednesday, 6th November, at about 6pm. As you can see, it was very wet indeed. Conditions were somewhat challenging.

I was in good waterproofs, arrived home pretty dry underneath, and it wasn’t really cold. However, riding or driving in such conditions is mentally exhausting and I was glad to get home. Note that the wonderful new Ring Road in walsall – barely 4 years old – seems to be awash with water in even moderate rain. I have no idea what’s going on with that road surface, but it seems to hold a surface layer of water in a way that other roads don’t. It’s a menace.


Headlights in the rain – The Arboretum Junction on a wet night last year. Never seen a road surface retain surface water like this.

The second short clip shows some interesting lane discipline at the Green Lane junction. Obviously, had the driver not swooped the lanes, he’d have been condemned forever to circle the Ring Road until he starved to death, so turning left there was imperative.

I didn’t feel in danger although it did seem a tad rude. It didn’t help that the guy behind me was close enough to pick my pocket. Hey ho, rush hour is fun.

The music is the haunting ‘Fire me up’ by Lightning Dust – an interesting Canadian band.

For the best video quality, click on the little gear symbol in the bottom right of the video box and click the highest number that will play on your computer. Resolutions up to 1080HD high definition are available.

More stuff like this as ever, on my 365daysofbiking journal.

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1 Response to Kingdom of rain

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    thanks for sharing these startling cycling videos. Does us motorists good to appreciate what cyclists have to endure…

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