A Day in the Rain, the Night in Richfield

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 2.52.01 PMI’m not sure why every road trip this year seems to start with rain. We had originally planned on heading north to Jackson a couple weeks ago, but decided to choose rain for the first day instead of snow and headed south into central Utah. We were riding with Kelly and his wife Chris, along with two other couples we didn’t know—Jerry & Linda and Roger & Tamara. I knew we would get along when I saw the sticker on the back of Tamara’s helmet: “Hair by Helmet.” Sue hates helmet hair, but Tamara always seemed to look flawless whenever we got off the bike.

The rain started a few minutes after we got on the bike and didn’t stop until we reached Richfield. Fortunately, we were prepared and the short ride (designed to get Chris and Sue back on the bikes again down the road) ended at the Holiday Inn Express just off the freeway. We ran through a little hail just south of Nephi, and being the only half helmet on the ride, I was the only rider forced to duck down behind the windshield—ouch.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 6.53.23 AMNot too long ago, in anticipation of this ride, I purchased a couple of Sena Bluetooth headsets—the SMH10 for Sue’s full-face helmet and the SPH10H for my half helmet. I’d read several reviews of the headsets before purchasing them from Amazon.com and they performed flawlessly. That is to say, they were an excellent intercom system at freeway speed.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 7.01.38 AMIn addition to acting as an intercom, they also connect via bluetooth to my iPhone, which is convenient should you want to make a phone call, listen to music, or play your latest Audible book on the way into work (which is what I do). Although playing music from the iPhone works quite well at speeds  under 50 mph with my half helmet, it’s a waste of time at highway speeds. I typically prefer to hear the sounds of the road when on a trip anyway, so this isn’t a big deal to me, but if you’re looking for high-quality stereo sound from a headset, you won’t be happy with this set. Nevertheless, as an intercom, we were very pleased with them.

Part of what makes riding in a group fun is what happens at the end of the day when the ride is over. We pretty much took over the breakfast area of the lobby playing dominoes and eating snacks until it was time to hit the sack. Despite the weather, it was a fun day. Riding in the rain isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but any day on the bike is a pretty good day.

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