The windchill is -9.8°F
So it's so cold that the wind makes it feel warmer?
My family has a snow day. There is a sheet of ice under the covering of snow we have and the high today is forecasted in the negative single digits. Alas, I do not have a snow day today!
I absolutely hate to say it, but I'm driving Forester Gump to work today. I have to work until 5:30, so my ride home (if I were to ride, sniffle!) would be after dark over ice and snow with dangerously low temperatures.
If I had a fighting chance with studded tires I'd do it. The cold really isn't the issue. I have the appropriate clothing, I just don't have grippy tires.
The drive was painless. Getting the car started was not fun. I was already running late and Gump wouldn't kick over. Since we only have one car there is no other car to jump Gump.. A glance up and down my block revealed most of my neighbors are better prepared for the cold and were obviously not running late like I was. Gone. The street was desolate.
I almost, almost rode. I was thinking: The bike never has a problem starting. But then the car turned away we went.
It was strange, because last night even after I knew my family would be staying home today I was trying to arrange a ride to and from work with a co-worker. Then when I got home I realized I would have access to the car. Duh!
It was odd to be in the car, all alone. I didn't think it would feel so odd. Hopefully next time this happens I will have forgetten this particular time. I'm thinking instead of "2011 Driving Day #2" you might see "2017 Driving Day #1" next.