The humidity broke, the temperature has settled into the what I used to think of as "summer" weather when I lived up north. My mesh jacket has been confined to the closet and I slip into my heavier "winter" jacket welcoming the extra weight and warmth of it for the cold ride home at 1 AM. I start to get my head around the fact that soon it will be very cold on the way home.
|The temp gauge on my beloved Burgman (RIP)|
Well snow is as rare as a truthful politician it can get cold here. I have photographic proof of it. For me it's a challenge, I have to dress warmly yet still manage to look professional and competent. Dressing in layers is not always possible...I have to work in an area we refer to as the "fish bowl" - a glass enclosed small space full of computers. Sweaters and hoodies can only go so far and I don't want to do a strip tease just yet. My boots are good at keeping my feet warm but my legs? Oh that is a different story! In the past I've gone so far as to wear thermal underwear under my dress pants or place a pair of old sweatpants under the seat and pull those over my dress pants.
Winters are dry here, but we do get a nasty wind off the land and sea at various times of day and wind chill becomes a issue. Layering is all well and good, but again how much gear can I wear in to work to stay warm on my 37 mile (60 KM) ride home without sweating off my skinny little butt?
The simplest solutions are always the best.
|Kimmie at work.|
UPDATE - In a bizarre twist, I was meeting my girlfriend at a friends about 4 PM. They live off a rather busy road that is hard to cross during rush hours. I decided to head down a rough washboard road and meet them at a Italian restaurant. I too,k my helmet out of my top case and road the 3 miles or so to the bar. By the time I got there my top case was gone. We went back to look for it and traveled that road back and forth at least 3 times. There was no sign of it anywhere. Not even plastic on the road. So I need a new top case and a new pair of gauntlet gloves (which were in the case). Also new reflective stickers.
Robert is not happy.