Picture this, a beautiful, sunny day with a bit of wind and big fluffy clouds. A 9 mile trail full of curves, little climbs and descents; paved smooth and beautiful and almost completely empty. That’s how it started.
I was 8 miles into the ride when the hailstorm hit. It came in hard and fast and as soon as I felt the rain I turned around, but it wasn’t a half a mile before I was riding into drenching rain. water was streaming across the trail and as I headed deeper into the cold and dark there were hailstones on sections on the trail.
Still, the board kept running. But then about 6 miles back suddenly it wouldn’t accelerate anymore. Weirdly it would still brake. If I gave it full throttle I could feel maybe 5 amps of power going to the wheels, but no more - just barely enough to keep it rolling on the flat.
But then, just as quick as it failed, it recovered and I was able to ride another mile and a half when suddenly I lost all power. It dropped out so fast that I got tossed off the front of the board, but luckily I had been climbing a slight grade so I was able to run it off.
Amazingly, I was no more than a half mile from the parking lot! I kicked the rest of the way back and drove home soaked.
I have zero waterproofing on this board - all the components are under a little plastic plate that is open around the edges, so everything was getting splashed the whole way. I’m truly amazed that it kept running as long as it did. He was a good soldier that one.