Yesterday I had to go to Milwaukee for work, so I took the Amtrak train. These trains are pretty fast and comfortable. I usually listen to my iPod and stare out the window, although I could use this time more productively to work or read a book. Compared to driving the highway, with the accompanying awful traffic, construction, and hazardous weather, the train is infinitely superior.
The weather is still extreme here in Chicago. There was a blizzard advisory last night and now a winter weather warning, or something.
I saw only two cyclists yesterday, bless their hearts! One was a typical commuter-type with helmet and maybe studded tires. The other was an older man on a cruiser with a milk crate strapped to the back rack, no helmet and no lights. He was going slowly and the cars had no problem seeing him under the streetlights, but I was still a little worried watching him. He was totally self-assured, though, so good for him.