Not a Storm - But
Other - A Bolt From The Blue
In May 1992 I was on a cycling holiday in the Sierra De Aracena, at the weekend lots of well dressed tourists arrived in the town of Aracena.
It transpired that they were hosts and hostesses from the Seville World Expo. In conversation with some very pretty girls, it transpired that the majority of the hostesses headed for the remote coastal resort of Matalascanas at the weekends.
2 Weeks later I was down on the coast at Huelva (where Christopher Columbus sailed from) and decided on a day trip to Matalascanas
The 50 km road followed very close to the coast, but for one 20km stretch it bisected a forest, whilst on this stretch and suffering under 35 degree C temperature I heard noises far behind me as Dark Clouds intimated that a Thunderstorm was travelling in the same direction as me.
10km later with me pedalling furiously it caught up with me -
a bolt of lightening hit the tarmac 10 yds behind me - along the road up through the handlebars and I landed 6 feet away from the bike.
Shaken but otherwise unhurt I sheltered from heavy rain in the entrance hut to a large campsite - 15 minutes later blue skies and sun accompanied me all the way to Matalascanas.
The resort was deserted, noone had come from Seville this weekend.
My return home was aggravated by a snapped chain 15km from Huelva
As I was pedalling one footed and using the bike as a child's scooter, a Ford transit stooped and offered me a lift, they dropped me off at a Used Tyre Business - the owner of which they said - did bicycle repairs as a sideline.
New Chain fitted - cost $1
Labour charge Zero
I was laughing