Steve said no. Sheesh!
It was 12 degrees when we started and 12 degrees when five Bubbas completed this Sunday’s ride at the usual winter place, departing from Warren Community School parking lot.
There had been an ATV out there, probably sometime yesterday, before a couple of inches of fresh snow accumulated over the track. The going was a bit slow, more grinding of gears to get as far as we are used to going. No water at all, the streams and boggy sections are rock solid now, after more sub zero nights.
John Anders might have been working on cleaning up the trail from Stevens Corner parking lot to Tanglewood this morning. John, you do that? Also, looks like Walter might have been out earlier today.
The wind was tough- definitely over 10 MPH, putting the wind chill at below zero. Very much evident riding along the power line to get out to the woods, and on any open areas. I noticed that even in the woods, the higher points were getting hit by wind. This kept our stops short. Once, we even rode purposely slow on a flat segment instead of waiting for guys in back to catch up.
I had to wear more clothing. I had the hoodie from my wool shirt up, and wore a fleece hat over that, under my helmet- had to have sunglasses to cut the headwind. I had heat packets in my boots, and inside my handlebar pogies. The bladder tube on my Camelback had to ride inside my Windstopper jacket, which didn’t feel like it was able to stop all of the wind today. As the ride went on for a couple of hours, I was getting cold. I read on Facebook that putting the heat on your chest may be more effecting than placing the packets on all extremities. Has anyone tried to see if that makes a difference?
Maybe packets on all the extremities and a chest warmer, too, next time it is like this?
No matter, as Rigger said, ” It’s still better than drinking three hot coffees and eating muffins on the couch while watching Meet the Press.”