Editor’s note: Karilyn Roach wrote this post. She works as a Program Coordinator with Watershed Management Group, a Tucson non-profit and currently sits on the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee. She rides a Jamis Aurora Elite.
Most Tucsonans do a little dance of joy at the arrival of every monsoon rainstorm, and I am generally among the first to dance. Along with the joy though, often comes a little dread at what the next day’s commute will bring.
Below are just a few pictures of the streets in my neighborhood (probably among the worst in Pima County even on a good day) after Sunday’s insane storm in north Tucson. Among the highlights on my streets were baby-head sized rocks (and larger), sand bars, flowing washes and hand-sized chunks of cactus.
Some are saying it was the fabled “100-year” rain that we all say we hope for but secretly fear. I was in a hurry on my commute today, but I will try to post more photos tomorrow of Via Entrada.
Did the storm affect your commute? Share your best (worst) monsoon commute story in the comments below.