The wind died down last evening, signaling that a short ride would be possible. I figured it would be a little chilly, guessing somewhere around 40F and dressing accordingly, if not a little warmer, since I have forgotten my previous clothing combinations/temperature ideals from last winter.
So I was a little surprised when I got the Trucker outside and the temperature was reading 28F. I could feel the cold through my insulated tights, but the midweight wool shirt I had did a good job on all but my forearms. I also grabbed the synthetic balaclava, wool gloves, and wool beanie.
A little nippy at first, but once my core warmed up, the ride was fine. I went over into the boro and explored some back streets, then turned for home. Keeping my pace down per my “master plan”, I also noticed that the leather camp shoes and thick wool socks were working well. Previous attempts to keep my feet warm at these temps have been a bit challenging.
I was also a little concerned about the amount of water on the roads from the recent rains, so I had another excuse to keep my speed down and just cruise.
Pulled in the garage after a nice jaunt, made some dinner, and watched Jeopardy. I think if I knew more about Shakespeare and playwrights I could do pretty good on that show.
Distance: 6.4 miles 2011: 1451.9