Or, the more traditional way of actually doing some research and then trying to fit my ride around that certain destination. Generally speaking most of what I write in the first type of article. Free flowing and relaxed...I blame Jack Kerouac's influence for that.
The second type of writing is where I have a pure destination in mind. Various reviews, updates, and day trips fall into this category. I originally had one of two day trips planned. If I didn't go on one, I would take the other. I already had most of the blog piece written, I would just have to fill in the details.
This little piece of fluff is a combination of the two. My original plan was to take off early on a Saturday morning and travel north to Brooksville, Fl (about 33 miles away or 53 KM). It's a pretty well known destination for bikers in Florida since its surround by some lovely rural and twisting roads. Or I would use my back up plan to visit and explore Ybor (EE-bor) City (about 30 miles or 48 KM away) if that trip fell through for what ever reason.
Well....it was 31 F (0 C) when I woke up this morning and was slow to warm up. One thing lead to another and another and another till I finally left the house at 2:45 PM for a ride. Which got cut short due to a phone call telling me about a family emergency. I will not go into the details but everyone and everything in fine.
What I will say is that this is the first time I've worn the Freeze Out Jacket I received as a gift over Christmas. I've been wanting to review the jacket for some time but wanted to take it on a longer ride to fully form an impression of it. I'll say this. My first impression is very good.
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The temperature gauge on my phone stated the high today was only 52 F (11 C) which was not a great test of gear that is supposed to keep you warm in cold weather. The wind however was blustery and that is the main concern for me.
As I rode one thought kept popping into my mind.
I was wearing a pair of jeans, long johns and a long sleeve shirt. I had the Freeze out gloves on but other than that just my usual riding gear...and I was warm. Hot even. Even my hands under my gloves were warm which I can only contribute to my core being warm.
Even though my ride was cut short (total about 40 miles or 64 KM) it was a good ride. The wind cut across the open plains but the only place I really felt it was around my neck and I could not help but think that if I had a balaclava I would have been happy as a clam.
I know, not much of a review but I was sort of weary of wearing this jacket. I can take my hooded sweatshirt and wear it into work with no issue. Fold it under the seat. Tuck it up around the back and bottom of my neck when I ride home of cool nights. Or wear the hood under my jacket. Old habits die hard I guess.
But I'll say this. This jacket made a believer out of me after a short ride on a cool windy day. I can't wait to see it handles the cooler temps that are in the near future coming home at night.