Still reveling in the glow from my ride yesterday, I managed to convince my husband to bring the boys to church in a *gasp!* fossil-fuel consuming vehicle while I pedaled my way there. Mind you, I haven't done this since the days were at least 30 degrees warmer, but never mind! I had my enthusiasm to keep me warm.
As soon as I started out, the grey, cloudy weather added a drizzle for good measure. A year ago, something like this would have pushed me to bag the whole adventure, or I wouldn't have even started in the first place. Those were the days. Now I'm stoked about hopping on the bike and being present for every part of the ride, drips and all.
Got to church looking only a tiniest bit tousled from the trip, and I don't think anyone really noticed. I popped on dressier pants and shoes and was good to go.
On the way home, the weather wasn't as wet, but I kicked up a lot of goo. The back of my pants and jacket, all the way up to the front of my helmet, were splattered with grit from the road.
Big aha for me--get fenders on the bike. The glam riders on cruisers and Dutch bikes don't really have the splatter issue because of the fenders. Oh, the joys of learning! Fortunately, all of the dirt came off with some scrubbing and a round in the wash.