Dateline: 13 June 2011
I was staying in Zatoka, a spit of land 80 kms east of Odessa that stretches across a natural bay in the Black Sea.
On Saturday, Zatoka had a tropical downpour. Three hours of thunder, lightning and rain that left the streets knee-deep in flood water and impassable for everything but 4x4s.
I carefully checked the weather for the ride back to Kiev next day, Sunday. Leave Zatoka between 0800 and 11.00 in sunshine, arrive Kiev 14.00 to 17.00 in sunshine.
No problem, except it was 12.00 when I got moving.
Leaving Zatoka, Ukraine
And being exceptionally clever and cool, I had left the wet weather gear in Kiev.
For the next 10 hours I was stuck between two tropical storm fronts moving north at approximately the same speed as me. Solid rain, gales, cold and distinctly disturbing lightning.
The journey was only 560 kms (350 miles) but because I had no wet weather kit and wore a half helmet and shades the ride was tougher than my first 1000 mile Iron Butt.
So cool is ok, stupid is not. In future I will pack wet weather gear regardless.