At Rockaway Beach, you could see how the today's bright sunshine and cool breezes just barely concealed the fact that we had such a violent storm the other night. It was a great day to ride, but not very many people were. And those who were weren't the ones I expected, and they weren't riding in ways I ever anticipated.
They rode by as I was sitting on a bench, with Arielle propped against a railing. "Really nice bike!" he shouted as he passed me and her.
Somehow I have a feeeling that kid is going to be all right. After all, in taking him for a ride in such an unusual vehicle, the father is developing an independent spirit in him. Plus, his dad is developing his taste for fine bikes! ;-)
But everyone else at Rockaway, it seemed, was surfing. The tides seemed more rough than high, which is probably a reason why nobody was swimming or bathing in the ocean. Also, the temperature just barely made it to 70F. Then again, the water is still a few degrees warmer than that.
The tides weren't the only evidence of the storm. I rode by this at Juniper Valley Park:
And near the park was this almost surreal scene:
As you can imagine, I had to make a few detours during my ride today. I'll probably be making more for a while: The cleanup is going to take weeks, according to officials.
As to when the tides will be normal again, nobody is saying.