January 22, 2014 § 3 Comments
I wake up to Wildcat by Ratatat – my theme song alarm sound – and pull the covers over my head.. take a few breathes and shake my head vigorously, making a ‘brrrrrgghghgh’ sound. I launch out of bed.
In this order: tights, smartwool socks, snowboarding pants, base layer, thermal top. I turn on the heater in the living room and sit next to it for a few seconds.
It’s warm enough for breakfast. Turn on the calamity that passes for morning news these days as I chow on some oatmeal with blueberries.
“As much as 15 inches in parts of New Jersey…”
“Just look at this footage of a car sliding across the road…”
“Let’s go to this local grandmother and hear her story of her commute this morning with her grandson…”
Summary: The snow from the all day snowstorm yesterday resulted in snow on the ground and it turns out snow is slippery.
Balaclava up my Buff, light hat over it, goggles, helmet, snowboarding jacket, snowboarding gloves. Zip-tighten-velcro-button-adjust. Keys? Check. Phone? Check.
Bike on the right shoulder, pannier in the left hand, down the stairs into the wilderness, I open the door.
The path I had carved out up to my doorstep last night above, was completely covered by fresh snowfall – according to the tracks, I may as well have teleported home. The street hadn’t been plowed since the evening snowfall and it was unsalted. Laugh a little at the absurdity.
ready. steady. … GO!