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The windchill when I left for work today was -3 in Baltimore City.  I know that some places have temps like this without the wind, but this is rare in Baltimore.  I can’t imagine what the windchill doing 25 mph downhill into a headwind was, but my nose is still a little numb a half hour later.

And my mustache froze!  The water vapor from my breathing got it wet, and it felt like I just huffed some buckwheat honey.  I mean, it was a strange sensation.  It took my brain a minute to realize what  it was.  Ice.  Awesome.

The rest of my beard was under a scarf and not under my nose, so Mr. Fuzzy is working to keep me warm currently.

Anyone else get covered in ice this winter?  🙂


At the risk of sounding overly self-righteous, I am.  It’s either the craziness my co-worker playfully accuses me of or courage or utter stubbornness.  Or  I’m a pleasure-seeker, and there’s no more pleasurable way for me to get to work than on a bike.  Or something.

I was at an event last night, when it was 20 degrees sans windchill, I asked a fellow cyclist if he rode. “Is there any other way to get here?” he replied. Frikkin A. No, there’s not.

I’m finding less cycling company in the mornings. This morning, it was 11 degrees when I left with a windchill of -2 (without the windchill of barreling from North Baltimore to downtown at 25mph). I rode with ElRo and left her in the Chillage.  I didn’t see any other cyclists, but my glasses were fogging up, so maybe I missed them.

But I discover daily as I leave the office on Charles Street after work, that I just head to work late because I can get here so quickly.  Turns out that I just usually leave after other people.  Even with this weather, I’m never alone at night.  Which makes me less crazy, less self-righteous, because these are relative.  I know that I will see other blinking, fender-ed commuters on my way home tonight.

If there’s actually bike traffic in Baltimore in the middle of January (and there is), that’s a sign that cycling is really here to stay in Charm City, no?  Yes, it gets much colder in some places.  But those places don’t have the doggy summers we have to put up with.  We’re Southerners used to winter temps in the 40s.  Central Maryland weather really runs the spread, and I tip my, er, helmet to those who ride when it’s 10 and when it’s 110 degrees.

Anyone up for a ride with Dan and I on this Sunday, the 11th?  The Ravens game is Saturday, and Sunday looks like it’s going to be cold and clear.  Maybe there will be some snow or ice around to look at around the Jones Falls or Druid Hill or something.  Very nice for a roll around town.

Anyone interested?  We’ll probably just ride a little 10-15  miler around the city and have coffee/tea somewhere.

We can choose a time ahead of Sunday if folks are interested.  We’ll be meeting at the Watertower.

It snowed all over my bike this morning, not long after I got to work.  It was very pretty, but I was glad to already be in my office, thinking about my wet seat.  I hope it dries up a little.  I’m not going straight home tonight, and my fenders are crappy.  (New ones on the Xmas list!)

I’ve not been as alone as I have been in years past commuting in the cold, but the numbers of bikes on the racks near where I work are shrinking weekly.  That there’s still bike traffic at all with gas prices going down makes me happy as a warm bike seat.

We missed doing a Halloween ride, and we haven’t gotten together in months.  Are folks still riding into the winter?  Anyone wanna do a short holiday ride, with warm goodies?  🙂

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