Nice first ride in the COLD.
Must admit I was a bit taken back by the beaver sighting. That overlook is a frequent stop off point to view the sunrise. I was there with another random cyclist and we both watched the beaver saunter in there from the sidewalk/road and wander around. There's nothing around that location that makes me think it would be an ideal beaver habitat to be sure. A bit of Google searching indicates that beavers have previously been spotted in Chicago including Montrose Harbor and North Pond in Lincoln Park. So, who knows?
In any event, spotting a beaver while biking the north shore is definitely a first for me.
That glow. Makes my heart feel good. Thanks for sharing. I hope it was a good ride.
A good rule of thumb when preparing for a cold weather ride is to start off just a little cold, because after about 10 minutes of pedaling, you'll warm up quite nicely. If you overdress, overheating can be uncomfortable, so you may have to experiment a little before you get it right.
First round trip commute in 1.5 years! Feels good to be back on the bike finally!