Nice first ride in the COLD.
Fairly easy one today, helped greatly by allowing a little more time.
Oddly, car after car after car on the side streets but both main streets I have to access were mostly clear of traffic.
My sunglasses kept fogging up this morning, so I switched to goggles around mile 1. Pulled the goggles off around mile 1.25 and went sans eyewear for about 3 miles. The glasses went back on due to tearing and finished the ride with slightly iced-up eyewear.
I had some errands to run today that needed to be taken care of. So I figured, Why not ride? So I rode my bike. I plan on riding more in 2014, so I figured no time like January to start. MAN! was it ever so tricky out there today. Fighting the slop, and city traffic, and the wind driven snow, with about 20 pounds of groceries on my back was no fun. It was also kind of cold. (14 degrees -4 windcill.) The main thing I came away with was that more people (In cars) need to turn on thier headlights in conditions like this. I could not see a few people until they were right on top of me. It was crazy I know, but at least I get to say I rode in conditions like this. We'll see if I ride tommorow.
DePaul decided to close tomorrow, so it's not an issue for me anymore. Yesterday I rode down to Northerly Island to check out the ski rentals and they didn't have enough snow. Today I drove down (some fun sliding around in the middle of the city) and spent two hours falling over in the snow. What I could see of the lakefront trail didn't look so good.
I am seriously impressed by anyone who rides today!
Nope. I walked. Some trouble with eyelashes freezing, otherwise not hard.