I love weather, so I believe that going through some different storms will add some very memorable times to my trip. STORMS!!
If the hail starts (had it in MT) or you see a funnel cloud forming (like we did in MN), think about seeking shelter. You can get messed up.
One day that stands out from a total experience persepctive is my 117 mile day from Goddefroy, NY to New Hope, PA the day after hurricane Floyd. It was a beautiful day. Sunshine and not a cloud. I was expected at a friend’s house in Valley Forge on a certain day and lost a day while I taking refuge from the storm. Through the Delaware Water Gap I had to slide my bike under two downed trees and walk across a swollen stream that brought water up to mid-calf. Sticks and tree limbs littered most of the route. I had ridden in New Jersey countless times, but never in that part of the state nor in the part of Pennsylvania I later passed through. It was nice to see new areas, and the scenery was quite different from what I had expected. The entire time I was moved by a sense of urgency due to the long distance I needed to cover.
As I was cresting a hill a young boy came off his porch and asked me for the time. I did not have a watch, but my computer had a clock. My face must have expressed curiosity at his question because he volunteered that the power was still out from the storm and none of the clocks in his house was functioning. (Cell phones were not common back then.) About 10 miles away from my intended destination, I picked up a stromboli and a bottle of wine for what I thought would be my last night of camping on a journey that had started in Seattle, had taken me to Bar Harbor, ME and was now taking me home to Philadelphia. But when I got to the state park it was closed. The camping area, which was down by the river, was flooded out. I pled with a ranger to let me pitch my tent in the picnic area, which was on high ground, but he would not let me. I was exhausted at that point, but I had to continue on. After downing part of the stromboli I rode another 10 miles to a motel, finishing the day in total darkness. Not exactly how I envisioned things going, but an epic experience just the same.