I admit that if it had been raining at the time I left for work this morning, I would have taken the EL train. But since it was only dark and gray with a 100% chance of rain, I went for the bike. Of course, it started raining two minutes into my ride. I figured it would, though, and I’m glad that I took the bike. The rain was not a downpour, but the wind was quite nasty. No bother – still better than public transit.
What do jammies have to do with this?
Not feeling like tying pants legs to escape Betty’s pants legs-hungry chain and being too cold for a skirt, I pretty much wore my jammies for the commute this morning. I change into a suit once I get to work, so it doesn’t matter. A long underwear top and bottom set is about the most comfortable outfit to wear on a chilly spring morning. I had my rain trench coat over the elegant ensemble, so no one was the wiser.
Happily, I met up with Greg for the ride home. Otherwise, the 7-miles in cold rain would have been a drag. Instead, it was a fun time and he went along with my stops for picture-taking even though our fingers and toes were cold. His rain gear is more sophisticated than mine, but still just a rain jacket and neon yellow pannier cover (his pannier weighs more than his bike!). He does own geek-tastic rain pants, but lucky for my eyes, did not break them out today.
Granted, rain is not my favorite weather to cycle in, but I appreciate the differences, so each day is not exactly like the one before. Now I need to remember that Betty’s braking power is compromised in the wet weather (I’m used to Oma’s enclosed roller brakes).
And if you were wondering what the world looks like at 5:45 a.m. (I was, as I’m never out that early!) here’s a gorgeous Blackberry picture from Greg’s super-early commute (he’s working hard getting ready for the arrival of the otters).
Happy rainy, foggy, chilly, windy Monday.
[ETA: Bloggy friend Cyclin’ Missy was hit by a car this weekend!! We’re very happy that she is doing well and hope that her cuts and bruises heal quickly! Be careful out there folks, but sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid inattentive drivers.]