“my jacket had given up all pretense of being waterproof”
I’m not a fan. That point when even a fancy schmancy waterproof jacket starts getting soggy and bleeding through is just the worst, especially when you have plenty of time still to go before you get to take it off and warm up. I empathize completely!
Sounds like a great opportunity either way, so congrats on getting that under your belt. Now I’ll just have to play catch-up!