Winter is kicking my ass already. The extreme freezing temperatures more common to mid-winter arrived early on Thursday: 2 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 Celsius) with 25 mph winds, 40 mph wind gusts, and a windchill of -20 degrees (-29 Celsius). Despite the severe weather, I dragged Oma out to bike to work as usual.
At first everything went smoothly. My studded tires crunched over the ice with ease. Dressed in wool leggings, tweed slacks, wool undershirt, wool sweater, wool overcoat, wool socks, wool scarf around my head, Bern winter helmet, leather snow boots, safety glasses, wool-silk blend glove liners and heavy duty Gore-Tex goose down mittens, I was feeling good. I even put chemical warming packs in my mittens.
After one mile, however, my hands were hurting like hell. I knew I could not make it all the way to work like that, so I rode to the nearest L train stop, locked up Oma and took the train the rest of the way. I’ll have to improve my mitten set-up or revert to the suede-shearling J.Crew gloves that got me through last winter. But it was an abnormally cold and windy day, a perfect day to take public transportation. No shame in staying warm.
To compensate for my missed bike commute, I set out for a long walk during my lunch break. Here are pictures from Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile. I am a sucker for capitalist holiday cheer.
This week is supposed to be much better: mostly sunny with temperatures in the 20′s and 30′s F.
How has winter been treating you so far?