If you are in North Carolina, my sympathies are with you. Up here, in the Big Apple, we've gotten only hints of Florence. The worst came on Tuesday, when torrents alternated with steady, driving rain. I'm sure, though, that we didn't experience anything nearly as tumultuous as what folks in the Tar Heel State witnessed.
Since then, we've had three days of almost uninterrupted overcast skies. A few stray showers have passed over us, and late yesterday afternoon the sun played peek-a-boo. That, combined with the drop in daytime high temperatures from about 27C to 21C (80 to 70F) since the weekend has made for some very pleasant riding weather.
Oh, and I have to thank the Jewish people for giving me a couple of days off so I could enjoy it. The funny thing is that, where I teach, Jewish faculty members probably outnumber Jewish students by about 20 to 1. If anything, we probably should have Muslim--or Hindu--or, hey, maybe Buddhist--holidays off. What about pagan feasts?
Hmm...I'd have a lot of time to ride. But I'd have a hard time making a living--unless, of course, those holidays were paid!