Week 3 – Day 3 – January 19, 2016
Weather: -5°C (with wind chill -13°C), Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. A few flurries beginning near noon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. Roads were clear on the way to the office and snow covered with tracks bare. The bike space was completely snow covered.
Consistent Attire: As previously discussed.
Variable Attire based on the temperature: MEC thermal arm coverings, sleeveless dress, Bula balaclava and wool felt jacket.
For reasons I cannot explain I did not want to mount the bike seat today! I had to work from home in the morning because I had a contractor doing work at the house. I think my hibernation instincts kicked in and I really, Really, REALLY wanted to give into them.
Words cannot describe how I laboured to put on my cycling gear and make my way up (because everything is up hill right?) my street. Thankfully the major streets to work were clear and that helped improve the riding effort.
In the same vein as, “what goes up must come down”; upon riding to work, I must also ride home. Therefore I give much less thought to whether or not I wish to ride at the end of the working day. It snowed much of the afternoon so for the ride home the cycling space was snow covered. I like riding in the snow, but navigating through vehicle tracks is very tricky. The bicycle tires are drawn into the track and exiting the track is very hard. It is especially difficult in the spaces where the busses pull over to pick up and drop off passengers. Any snow that might be caught in the bus wheel wells typically release from the effort of starting and stopping adding a few more obstacles for a winter cyclist.
To my friends who are automobile drivers I would like to share with you that if you think you are teaching me a lesson by crowding me and scaring the life out of me? Please know, I am not giving in to your tactics but I am taking down your licence plate number. With Love, Diane