Sandra asked ‘way back on November 6th about a photo of me in my winter regalia. I put a version of that garb on again today for a ride that will become much more typical of my excursions for the next three months. The temperature was in the mid-40s (46º, to be exact), and we will come to love this temperature as “moderate” for a while. As the solstice approaches, the rate of change of daylight and of temperature lessens. The drop in temperature lags about a month behind the daylight (more about this at the solstice). But the average temperature is still going down. So this garb, featuring my ultra-lightweight and thermal-resistant Gortex outer jacket, will be the norm. Notice the wool faux-turtleneck neck warmer, the thermal gloves, the heavier long tights, the Camelbak hydration system (you still need liquid in the winter), and of course the smoke-colored Rudy Project shades, that block 80% of the sunlight. That’s essential, as the low-angle glare of the sun these days, even at mid-day, is very harsh. So it’s me and my Trek, about to embark on an early afternoon excursion (the ‘Skins lost without me in attendance).
Autographed glossies available on request.
©Arnold J. Bradford, 2010.