So we finally get some fall like temperatures a couple of weeks ago, and here we are with winter like lows appearing.  With this morning's commute being in the 40's and windy being a mild preview to tomorrow's 30's and first frost, it feels as if winter has arrived a bit early.   Not that it changes my riding,  I rode all winter last year and plan to do the same this year. 

The thing I learned last year, is that the difference between happily riding in the cold and freezing is 100% about gear.  I don't use heated gear, but the old tried and true layers method of staying warm.  Take this morning for example.  Long underwear under my jeans, wool socks in my boots, long sleeve t-shirt, sweatshirt, regular riding jacket, and I switched out to my Tourmaster winter gloves.  The air was cool, but not cold and the ride was pleasant and comfortable, despite gusty 30mph winds and 43 degree temperatures (according the local bank sign).  

Actually, I look forward to this time of year.  For some silly reason, riding in the cool winter mornings makes me feel more alive and appreciative of the place I live.  It provokes me into taking the long way and seeing the sights.

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