That was summer. When the weather was nice.
It's now getting pretty ugly. It's not that cold yet - I haven't switched over to the full length gloves and dug out the undershirts - but it's nippy enough to need booties and limb warmers. And we're now getting rain reasonably frequently.
I don't mind the rain, as the cloud cover makes for a warmer morning. Yes, there is a big difference between 7 degrees and 11 degrees, even if one is dry and one is wet. For me, a wet 11 degrees is comfier than a dry 7 degrees.
The rain though has washed away all the soft cocks. There were a few days last week where mine was the only bike looking for a parking spot. Everyone thinks I am nuts, but the only things you need for riding in the rain are a good spray jacket and a tough mental attitude. The body might be soft, but the attitude is not. Whenever I start riding on a miserable, dark, wet morning, I think of this:
- I slept in a warm, dry bed last night
- I had a full night's sleep
- In 45 minutes, I will be in a hot shower
- After the shower, I will dress in dry clothes
- After that, I will have a good breakfast with a nice coffee
I then think back to my time in the reserves many years ago, and the miserable conditions during every winter exercise. Broken sleep. Hard ground. No shower for a fortnight. Rat packs. Rat pack coffee. Being wet and cold for days at a time. Filthy clothes. Shaving with cold water. Thawing frozen fingers in a container of coffee.
Compared to then, riding to work is pretty comfortable. So I suck it up and turn the pedals, and before long, I'm relaxing in that hot shower.
Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, I think how my grandmothers did in the early part of the last century, out on the tall-grass prairies of Montana. I got it good.
Hiking has not been miserable for me yet, and camping was wet only 3 times so far. This is my choice, and I make it accepting whatever weather conditions are!
My dad used to say that his National Guard time was like yours - miserable conditions & food - but at least no one was shooting at him.
Have a great weekend, and thanks for the reminder!
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