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Mark Blacknell
04-13-2012, 07:57 AM
From Squadra Coppi:


Starting this Tuesday, April 17th, the Arlington hill ride at Freshbikes (formerly Conte's) is back! Please join us for riding, BBQs, happy hours, and Strava competitions throughout the season. With hundreds of riders showing up each week, this has become one of the largest group rides in the country.


Ride Time: 6:30pm at Mosaic Park, Google Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mosaic+park%2c+arlington%2c+va&hl=en&sll=38.87795%2c-77.107158&sspn=0.001783%2c0.003484&t=h&hq=mosaic+park%2c&hnear=Arlington%2c+Virginia&z=17). Just down the street from Freshbikes
A ride: The A ride is a series of 4-5 hill sprints with some regrouping at the end of each sprint point. This is a drop-ride with no sweep. Cue sheet available soon on the Freshbikes website Event Page (http://freshbikescycling.com/index.php/content/cycling-events).
B ride: The B ride is a single loop with plenty of climbing, but no sprint points. The ride does not regroup, but there is a sweep at the back of the ride. With hundreds of participants, there will be a group that's right for every pace. Cue sheet available soon on the Event Page (http://freshbikescycling.com/index.php/content/cycling-events).
Safety: During the ride, all riders must obey traffic signs and lights and try to minimize any negative feedback from the neighborhoods and vehicular traffic with respect to blocking traffic, annoying pedestrians., etc. Riders engaging in dangerous or careless behavior will be excluded from the ride. There will be a police escort most weeks. Helmet required. Flat tire kit strongly suggested. Front and rear light strongly recommended in the latter part of the season, or for anyone attending happy hour.
Monthly BBQ: The BBQs are also back on the 1st Tuesday of every month (May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th). After the ride, go to the bike shop parking lot for adult beverages and a free BBQ catered by Baja Fresh, courtesy of Freshbikes.
NEW Vapiano Mountain Challenge: Squadra Coppi's new title sponsor has stepped up to provide prizes for a Strava competition on the third Tuesday of every month (May 15, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st ). Various prizes will be awarded on site for KOMs and QOMs. Free appetizers for participants. More details to follow.
Vapiano Happy Hour: On all the dates when there is not a BBQ, there will be a happy hour at Vapiano following the ride. 4401 Wilson Blvd. Drink and food specials for cyclists. We reserve the outdoor patio, where you can drink within sight of your bike.
Freshbikes Service: The shop mechanics will do their best to meet last minute service requests but it is very busy before each ride, so please come early and understand that there are often .
Weather: The event is rain or shine, but canceled in the event of lightning or heavy downpour.




On behalf of Squadra Coppi, thank you to Freshbikes, Vapiano and Arlington county police for putting so much effort into a great series of training rides.

DaveK
04-13-2012, 10:39 AM
I'll be out there every week, ruining all that goodwill you all work so hard to build up with the public.

Seriously, please behave. I'd like this ride to continue to happen for another year.

JimF22003
04-13-2012, 11:05 AM
Freshbikes is where I got my bikes, but I've always been too chicken to do these rides. I'm the typical old and fat guy who bought way more bike than he needs. I hate to be a living cliche... I want to give it a try though. Maybe I'll round up a beater bike for the ride :)

vvill
04-13-2012, 12:15 PM
I did it once towards the end of last year - there was a guy who did it on a Cannondale 29er. I had my lights but was amazed how many people didn't!

Anyway I plan to try it a bit more this year and get some free food, although I found the ride route a bit boring (I guess just because I ride through N Arlington hills so much anyway) and I don't really like Baja Fresh :(

SpokeGrenadeSR
04-13-2012, 12:19 PM
any idea what the avg pace is for the a and b rides?

DaveK
04-13-2012, 02:04 PM
any idea what the avg pace is for the a and b rides?

This is the B ride -http://connect.garmin.com/activity/97142646 - but there are people both much faster and much slower than that. The ride sorts itself into groups once you leave the starting point. I promise you'll find a place in the group no matter your speed. That goes for you up there too, Jim.^^^

The A ride... I wouldn't know, I'm not fast enough. Ask Tim Kelley.

DaveK
04-13-2012, 02:06 PM
I did it once towards the end of last year - there was a guy who did it on a Cannondale 29er. I had my lights but was amazed how many people didn't!

Anyway I plan to try it a bit more this year and get some free food, although I found the ride route a bit boring (I guess just because I ride through N Arlington hills so much anyway) and I don't really like Baja Fresh :(

That dude on the 29er is a beast.

I don't like Baja Fresh normally but they have grills set up right there, the food is fresh... maybe it's the atmosphere changing my mind but the BBQ and a post-ride beer can't be beat.

zanna_leigh
04-13-2012, 02:09 PM
The A ride... I wouldn't know, I'm not fast enough. Ask Tim Kelley.

Tim who???

Tim Kelley
04-13-2012, 03:18 PM
Ask Tim Kelley.

The A-ride will average upper 20s on the flats and doesn't slow down much on the hills. If you're a solid 3/4 or a fast 5 you can probably maintain contact with the group. In the past they did wait to regroup after the loop and pick up any stragglers, but things might be different this year.

You can make the B-ride as hard as you want to if you're the one pushing the pace off the front.

Tim Kelley
04-17-2012, 01:08 PM
Looking forward to seeing all of you tonight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

dasgeh
04-17-2012, 01:17 PM
NEW Vapiano Mountain Challenge: Squadra Coppi's new title sponsor has stepped up to provide prizes for a Strava competition on the third Tuesday of every month (May 15, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st ). Various prizes will be awarded on site for KOMs and QOMs. Free appetizers for participants. More details to follow.

Just to be picky, today is the 3rd Tuesday of the month...

Mark Blacknell
04-17-2012, 04:18 PM
Just to be picky, today is the 3rd Tuesday of the month...

If you come out and get QOM today, I will award you a prize.

dasgeh
04-18-2012, 08:46 AM
If you come out and get QOM today, I will award you a prize.

Darn, didn't see this in time... but does it count if I'm on the ebike? (I'm relegated to the ebike for probably the next 2 months due to injury -- at least I'm not totally off the wheels).

elbows
08-07-2012, 08:16 PM
I know it is extremely generous of them to offer food and I should probably keep my mouth shut, but it would be super awesome if they could also offer recycling containers. I rode home with my own can, but that's a lot of cans and bottles to be tossing into an incinerator.

Did I miss the recycling? Has this been discussed before? Am I the only one who cares? This was my first food night where drinks were offered. I will email Freshbikes but I'm curious.

Also, I'm curious if an ambulance is called to every ride. Saw a guy being loaded tonight. I wish him the best.

Mark Blacknell
08-07-2012, 08:38 PM
Also, I'm curious if an ambulance is called to every ride. Saw a guy being loaded tonight. I wish him the best.

It's happened before, but it's not a frequent occurrence.

Tonight's crash came courtesy of unexpected gravel. First guy heading into corner lost it, which took out the guy on his wheel. A third guy went over the top of both of them. The first guy was the one you saw on the ground. I'm guessing collarbone.

I'm glad that 99% of the riders who came through later were responsive to my directions (slow down, keep moving). The 1% who decided to blow and squeeze through? WTF is wrong with people?

In any event, take tonight as a reminder for a couple of things:

1) If you see a trouble/gravel spot near your house? Consider heading out there with a broom from time to time. It's super helpful.
2) Always keep some lights on your bike, even if they're little flashers. It's getting dark sooner. (I'll let DaveK explain this one.)

DaveK
08-07-2012, 10:06 PM
2) Always keep some lights on your bike, even if they're little flashers. It's getting dark sooner. (I'll let DaveK explain this one.)
Unfortunately a rider heading for home on Wilson Blvd towards Clarendon after the ride was struck by a driver that turned left in front of a pack of cyclists. He just had to get into the 7-11. This was NOT part of the FB ride, just a collision that could have happened to anyone. The rider struck by the car was transported to the hospital.

It was dark. Everyone needs to make sure you have lights on your bike. The stronger the better.

Steve O
08-07-2012, 11:06 PM
I was not on the ride, but I saw the emergency equipment at the corner of Glebe and Old Glebe.
Yes, there may have been gravel, but I also blame the county for leaving the road in such poor condition. There is a lump of asphalt on the curve that could take someone down on the corner. Perhaps that's what caused the crash--or contributed to it.
There's a similar problem on the corner of Old Glebe and Military that's been there for several years. It took me down once turning onto Military.

vvill
08-08-2012, 07:35 AM
Others on the ride said it was some serious gravel. Swathe-y. It sounded like a horrible crash (I guess they always do). I was somewhere in front of it when it happened, but close enough to pull up and look back. Not a pretty sight, and didn't give me much motivation to finish the ride hard/fast. I had taken the turn slowly as I was on the inside, it was a crowded ride, and I'm fortunately familiar with the variable conditions there. I hope the injured cyclists heal up well.

As for lights, yeah, it surprises me how few cyclists from that ride have lights, given how much $ a lot of them spend on their bikes/gear! The first time I did the Freshbikes ride was one of the last rides of 2011, and it was getting dark even before the ride finished, so I turned on my old trusty 4xAA halogen front light, but only one other rider in my pack had any lighting at all. Riding home last night a racer in front of me had the dimmest single red LED on his seatpost. I assumed it was facing the wrong way it was so dim, but I guess it could've been the battery.

dasgeh
08-08-2012, 09:48 AM
I didn't realize so many of you ride this. We've started a mini-tradition of coming out to cheer on the cyclists at 20th and Quincy (just South of Lee). It's me + toddler, and our friends who also have a toddler come to join in (usually a little late). My husband usually does the ride then joins us when he gets there (we live a block away).

When we started this a few weeks ago, we got lots of weird looks, and once my husband joined us (full kit, obvious road bike on the side of the road) lots of people asking if he was ok. People must be getting used to us because we're getting more waves and cheers back. My daughter loves cheering on the "bike racers" (she's generally saying "Allee, bike racers, go, go. Good job, bike racers" and clapping).

Anyway, sorry to hear about the crashes this week. We'll be out of town next week, but wave when you see us once we're back!

Dirt
08-08-2012, 09:51 AM
I missed seeing y'all at the ride last night. I stopped by to shop, but the group was so huge leaving, that I didn't hang around to chat with anyone. Honestly, I'd already had too many Bike Arlington-related sightings for the day and I thought I'd explode if I saw one more of our kind. ;)

Love,

Dirt.

txgoonie
08-08-2012, 10:58 AM
My daughter loves cheering on the "bike racers" (she's generally saying "Allee, bike racers, go, go. Good job, bike racers" and clapping).

Oh, was that you!? I heard the little cheer but it didn't register until I was past. I did look back with a smile though :-) Thanks for being there!

At the start of the ride last night, I honestly felt like bailing - felt icky and just too many people. I'm at a fitness level where I'm fully embedded in Fred territory;-) *Deep breaths* I stuck it out till the end, though, and was glad I rode, but more glad my friends nabbed seats at the tables near the kegs:cool:

And to elbows, I had the same thought regarding recycling. My team will be hosting the next BBQ ride in September, so I'll inquire about making sure that's covered. BTW - Some folks from Companions for Heroes (http://companionsforheroes.org/) will be at the Sept. 4th ride. So everyone please come out and find out what they're about (and enjoy some Dogfish Head courtesy of Gripped Racing with your tacos:-)

DismalScientist
08-08-2012, 11:14 AM
Was this what attracted all the bikes on the McKinley street hill last night? Had I known, I would have hung a sheet on the Ohio St. bridge (facing Ohio, not 66) saying "Steel is Real." :rolleyes:

vvill
08-08-2012, 11:17 AM
Oh yeah the recycling point got totally lost. I wondered that too, since I was a soda hog and had both a Coke and a Sprite afterwards. :eek:

The free kegs are great (I enjoyed the Ranger IPA yesterday) but I can never bring myself to pour much more than half of one of those red Solo cups since I have to ride home shortly afterwards.

(and 24+ oz of water, two tacos and a cookie = wife said I looked pregnant when I got home)

dasgeh - I'll try to remember to look out for you guys next time I do this ride

vvill
08-08-2012, 11:28 AM
Was this what attracted all the bikes on the McKinley street hill last night? Had I known, I would have hung a sheet on the Ohio St. bridge (facing Ohio, not 66) saying "Steel is Real." :rolleyes:

That was probably a different group ride, but I'd bet in either case that there were lots of shiny, shiny bikes on both.

GuyContinental
08-08-2012, 11:36 AM
After my brief chat with Dirt I nearly got skeeshed on Fairfax by someone heading to one of the rides (pickup with a shiny c'dale in back)- note to folks driving to a group ride- it's bad form and reeeealy bad karma to run over other riders on the way there.

DaveK
08-08-2012, 11:51 AM
Was this what attracted all the bikes on the McKinley street hill last night? Had I known, I would have hung a sheet on the Ohio St. bridge (facing Ohio, not 66) saying "Steel is Real." :rolleyes:

Neither A nor B ride goes over there, must have been a different group.

eminva
08-08-2012, 12:05 PM
After my brief chat with Dirt I nearly got skeeshed on Fairfax by someone heading to one of the rides (pickup with a shiny c'dale in back)- note to folks driving to a group ride- it's bad form and reeeealy bad karma to run over other riders on the way there.

When I first began bike commuting way back when, I had a car change lanes right into me (14th Street NW in Columbia Heights). That was my first scare and my first successful implementation of swift evasive maneuvers. As he drove off, still completely oblivious, I noticed it was a Subaru wagon with a bike rack on the back.

Liz

vvill
08-23-2012, 09:12 PM
Heard tonight that this poor guy (https://www.usacycling.org/results/?compid=189284) from WWVC broke his hip on that crash a couple weeks ago. OUCH.

KelOnWheels
08-23-2012, 10:31 PM
Oh jeez. Poor guy!

txgoonie
08-28-2012, 05:21 PM
Heard tonight that this poor guy (https://www.usacycling.org/results/?compid=189284) from WWVC broke his hip on that crash a couple weeks ago. OUCH.

Oh jeez. That ride was a bit of a mess.

But don't let it deter you! Bumping this to give a heads up for next week. September 4th - 2 Kegs Dogfish Head beer courtesy of Gripped Racing! Word to the wise about the ride: due to a comms SNAFU, we were unaware that the final BBQ ride of the season would be the second Tuesday in September, not the first. So, there will be beer to drink on the 4th, but no tacos till the week after. So make sure to bring a waffle for after the ride! Also, the route on the BBQ ride on the 11th will be different than usual, so be sure to attend next week and get your hill rides in while you can!

And as I mentioned before, the REAL reason we're excited (okay, yeah, I lured you in with beer;-) is because we'll be hosting some folks from Companions for Heroes, a non-profit organization that matches shelter dogs with active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. We're currently raising money for a C4H Emergency Fund for times when the dogs placed with veterans need special care and the veteran cannot afford it. We're collecting till next Tuesday, so please consider donating every little bit helps! http://www.giveforward.com/c4h_emergencyfund

Bilsko
07-23-2013, 03:23 PM
Reviving a long-sleeping thread. Is anyone riding tonight's FB Tuesday-night ride? I've got a buddy going and was thinking of riding too.

Mark Blacknell
07-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Me, Megabeth, Dave, Tim and some others are rolling tonight, but will probably roll early - 6:30. Welcome to join. Either way, watch for all the pavement work on Quincy. If I were rolling with the big group on that, I'd stay at the very front or very very back.

TwoWheelsDC
07-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Reviving a long-sleeping thread. Is anyone riding tonight's FB Tuesday-night ride? I've got a buddy going and was thinking of riding too.

I'll be there (wearing my BA jersey) unless some crisis happens between now and then. I usually try to keep toward the front, as shenanigans seem to increase toward the back of the group. The cool kids start at 630 to mitigate this problem, but I don't yet feel worthy to try and hang with them, so I continue to ride with the unwashed masses.

Bilsko
07-23-2013, 03:31 PM
I'll be there (wearing my BA jersey) unless some crisis happens between now and then. I usually try to keep toward the front, as shenanigans seem to increase toward the back of the group. The cool kids start at 630 to mitigate this problem, but I don't yet feel worthy to try and hang with them, so I continue to ride with the unwashed masses.

Shenanigans at the back? I would think all the racers would be gunning for position up at the front.
I'd try to get there early,but not sure I can do 630

Bilsko
07-23-2013, 03:33 PM
Me, Megabeth, Dave, Tim and some others are rolling tonight, but will probably roll early - 6:30. Welcome to join. Either way, watch for all the pavement work on Quincy. If I were rolling with the big group on that, I'd stay at the very front or very very back.

OK - sounds like 6:30 is the way to go. Will try my best to get to the shop by then, but if you don't see me there at 6:30 +/- 5 minutes, then don't wait.

83(b)
07-23-2013, 03:34 PM
I've never done this ride, but someone from work (who strong-armed me into doing the Culpeper century in October!) extended a general invite to join him on it sometime. What sort of a pace do the various factions within the group keep? And what sort of "shenanigans" should I be on the lookout for toward the back of the pack? Not DC Bike Party type foolishness I take it...

Tim Kelley
07-23-2013, 03:36 PM
I've never done this ride, but someone from work (who strong-armed me into doing the Culpeper century in October!) extended a general invite to join him on it sometime. What sort of a pace do the various factions within the group keep? And what sort of "shenanigans" should I be on the lookout for toward the back of the pack? Not DC Bike Party type foolishness I take it...

3355

But seriously, there are a lot of inexperienced group riders at the back. For that matter there are plenty of inexperienced group riders at the front too...

Just don't overlap wheels with anyone and watch out for people dodging potholes and you should be okay.

Pacing ranges from a consistently 22-23 at the front and probably drops to about 14 at the back.

Bilsko
07-23-2013, 03:37 PM
Triathletes! Triathletes everywhere!

But seriously, there are a lot of inexperienced group riders at the back. For that matter there are plenty of inexperienced group riders at the front too...

Just don't overlap wheels with anyone and watch out for people dodging potholes and you should be okay.

Pacing ranges from a consistently 22-23 at the front and probably drops to about 14 at the back.

6:30 it is, then.

TwoWheelsDC
07-23-2013, 03:38 PM
Shenanigans at the back? I would think all the racers would be gunning for position up at the front.
I'd try to get there early,but not sure I can do 630

Eh, the racers aren't really the biggest problem...it's folks who can't hold their line (particularly the tri-bike riders), don't maintain an even pace, make stupid passes, don't call obstacles, etc...I think it may be more accurate to say that this happens in the middle of the pack more than anything. Being way up front, or way in back it's much easier to avoid.

83(b)
07-23-2013, 03:58 PM
Ahhh!

"Like a spitting cobra, a triathlete can fell a victim from a distance as great as a full bike length. This means if you can see a triathlete at all, you're too close to him." -- BSNYC (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2011/11/bsnyc-contrived-situational-comedy-with.html)

dasgeh
07-23-2013, 04:03 PM
We still have lots of tomatoes. Roll by on your way back if you'd like some. Or if you'd like some thrown at you.

Turn left onto 20th St N (the first street after Lee) and look for the house that reminds you of that song "one of these things is not like the other".

Tim Kelley
07-23-2013, 04:07 PM
We still have lots of tomatoes. Roll by on your way back if you'd like some. Or if you'd like some thrown at you.

Turn left onto 20th St N (the first street after Lee) and look for the house that reminds you of that song "one of these things is not like the other".

I'll come by with my new helmet!

DaveK
07-23-2013, 04:37 PM
I'll come by with my new helmet!

Remember all - don't look directly at it.

TWDC - you are totally 6:30 material.

Vicegrip
07-23-2013, 04:47 PM
I'm in for tonight. My guys from work velo club all bailed out. Feel bad for the young'uns seems they can't take the heat and it is not even all that hot.

KelOnWheels
07-23-2013, 05:41 PM
Ahhh!

"Like a spitting cobra, a triathlete can fell a victim from a distance as great as a full bike length. This means if you can see a triathlete at all, you're too close to him." -- BSNYC (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2011/11/bsnyc-contrived-situational-comedy-with.html)

Also dudes smoking while riding skateboards in the Penn Ave cycle track. At least he apologized after I yelled "DUDE! You just SPIT on me!" Then he shoaled me.

Megabeth
07-23-2013, 09:10 PM
I'll come by with my new helmet!

To which we all start singing the Mario Brothers song...

Dasgeh - THANK YOU for the 'maters. Were delivered by the Mr. Timothy and much appreciated! (I was unawares of the "stop by" offer so I ended at FB and then rolled home...)

dasgeh
07-24-2013, 08:03 AM
Dasgeh - THANK YOU for the 'maters. Were delivered by the Mr. Timothy and much appreciated! (I was unawares of the "stop by" offer so I ended at FB and then rolled home...)

You're welcome. So Tim kept the eggplants to himself? Interesting...

ShawnoftheDread
07-24-2013, 08:19 AM
Turn left onto 20th St N (the first street after Lee) and look for the house that reminds you of that song "one of these things is not like the other".

McMansion in a block of bungaloes? For shame, dasgeh.

dasgeh
07-24-2013, 08:26 AM
McMansion in a block of bungaloes? For shame, dasgeh.

Nope. Ride by. You'll understand.

Tim Kelley
07-24-2013, 08:29 AM
You're welcome. So Tim kept the eggplants to himself? Interesting...

I'm finally going to make that eggplant soup! (Name that Curious George episode...)

Tim Kelley
07-24-2013, 08:31 AM
Nope. Ride by. You'll understand.

According to street view, it's unique in that they don't have indoor plumbing! (http://goo.gl/maps/NjdTo)

Bilsko
07-24-2013, 08:32 AM
I'm finally going to make that eggplant soup! (Name that Curious George episode...)

Sorry, we roll with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood in my household.

(Although I did download a couple Curious George episodes for long car rides)

DaveK
07-24-2013, 09:43 AM
McMansion in a block of bungaloes? For shame, dasgeh.

Pretty much the opposite of that.

Vicegrip
07-24-2013, 12:47 PM
Pretty much the opposite of that.Yea, lets hear it for human sized housing. The houses on my street are being consumed one by one by apartment buildings that oddly each contain only one family rather than the 10 or so they could hold. One is 12,000 sf, has 6 AC units and 4 humans. Mom drives a Prius (to offset the carbon I guess).

Had a nice anti missed connection on then ride home from TNR. Seems my nice Blackburn rechargeable blinky and I parted ways while I was getting the "Magic Fingers" treatment on the section of road that has been milled. A guy in a car saw it fall off and took the time and effort to get out, pick it up, chase me down and honk just as I got to the custis. Big thanks!

DaveK
07-24-2013, 02:00 PM
Yea, lets hear it for human sized housing. The houses on my street are being consumed one by one by apartment buildings that oddly each contain only one family rather than the 10 or so they could hold. One is 12,000 sf, has 6 AC units and 4 humans. Mom drives a Prius (to offset the carbon I guess).

Had a nice anti missed connection on then ride home from TNR. Seems my nice Blackburn rechargeable blinky and I parted ways while I was getting the "Magic Fingers" treatment on the section of road that has been milled. A guy in a car saw it fall off and took the time and effort to get out, pick it up, chase me down and honk just as I got to the custis. Big thanks!

I was panicked last night, thought I lost my favorite Knog Blinder rear light there as well, but I just forgot to put it on my seatpost in the morning. Crisis averted. I did lose a bottle on the way down Military and stopped to pick it up. That made me lots of new friends.

americancyclo
07-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Nope. Ride by. You'll understand.


According to street view, it's unique in that they don't have indoor plumbing! (http://goo.gl/maps/NjdTo)

Cool, you have a box bike and a box HOUSE too!?

Vicegrip
07-24-2013, 04:24 PM
Cool, you have a box bike, a box HOUSE and a potty in a box too!?fxt.

Dirt
08-06-2013, 09:27 AM
It looks like I'll actually be riding TNR tonight. :D See y'all out there. I likely won't linger too much after. I've got stuff to get done.

Love,

Dirt

TwoWheelsDC
08-06-2013, 09:35 AM
It looks like I'll actually be riding TNR tonight. :D See y'all out there. I likely won't linger too much after. I've got stuff to get done.

Love,

Dirt

But it's free BBQ night...are you some kind of communist?!?

Nubbs
08-15-2013, 03:28 PM
Was finally able to do this for the first time this week. WOW thats a lot of riders for sure!! Im looking forward to doing it again next week, hopefully everybody made it home safe and kind of dry .