Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Cold Weather Riding Frame of Mind
A morning drive, minivan, on the way to pick up my Vespa GTS. But not until I pick up my daughter who's agreed to drive the van home.
Not until we have breakfast at the Corner Room in State College, Pennsylvania, a place I've been eating at for the past 40 years. When I find something I like I stick with it. Training for an upcoming half marathon accounts for her wet hair. I don't understand running.
The scooter is home, safe in the driveway again. The ride home was cold, 25F and windy. Neglected to plug in the electric gloves and found myself warming my hands on the headlight at each traffic light. Like the old days. The pre-Gerbing gloves days.
Riding in the cold takes mental preparation that I've not done yet. It's more than gear, it's a frame of mind that a rider has to place themselves in. And right now it seems a far away place.
Left the scooter in the driveway thinking I would go for a ride later -- after I warmed up. I've been warming up for hours and am no closer to a ride. In another hour it will be dark and even colder. Maybe a good night's sleep will help me enter the cold weather frame of mind.