I looked them over and headed home. I saw the big clouds to the north and west as I turned onto Blanding Boulevard so I took Collins Road to Roosevelt to the east. As I ran up Roosevelt, I could see that it would be close. So just four miles from home, as I came to Timuquana Road I could feel the first wind gusts indicating it was close. I could see the huge clouds and rain ahead, so I ducked into the nearest shelter I could fine, the McDonalds restaurant at that intersection. I went inside and sat safely at a table and started on Facebook, telling everyone my predicament. My friend Adam was having a similar problem in Gainesville, but at least he was at Loosey's, a bar downtown. I was stuck in McDonalds. Russ suggested I get a milkshake. I looked at the menu and decided on a smoothie. But it turns out that the smoothie and milkshake machines had stopped working at the first lightning strike in the area.
I was stuck for an hour, then decided to give it a shot. I decided to ride up Ortega Boulevard to avoid the much larger Roosevelt Boulevard. Ortega was flooded and I almost got splashed off the road a couple of times but made it all the way home with minimal wetness. One nice part about riding a scooter is the protection from rain and road water that the leg shield and windscreen provide.
My view for one hour in McDonalds