Lakeshore State Park is commuter heaven…paths are plowed in the winter and the views are always inspiring. The sky is different every morning and evening. Last Monday morning, the sunshine was able to find a few holes in the clouds here and there to spotlight some of our landmarks.
The park is home to a lot of fishing action, including the parking areas and railings designed for fisherperson access along the stretch south of the new peninsula.
Now that the chill is here to stay for a while, I’ve made a few adjustments to my riding wardrobe. First, I found a Great Coat (as opposed to Dave’s Perfect Coat from last week) and rocked it on my commute for the first time this morning. It’s terrific – found it on sale at Hot Pop in the Third Ward during a late Christmas shopping foray. Sleeves are long for good wrist coverage, the buttons are high to allow good flexibility, and the hem drapes to the knees even while riding. Toasty!
To round out the winter wardrobe, I’m trying a new tactic….adding one extra layer to my work duds that can be removed when I get to the office. This is a little different from Dave’s approach of cycling in warmer work clothes plus only regular outerwear. It works for me – I’m not taking an entire change of clothes as I did last year, but I’m still warmer on the bike and cooler in the office. So far I’ve been sporting the following combo as the added layer: a Smartwool jersey, a pair of cotton/lycra exercise tights, a second pair of socks and a liner under my regular hat. These get hung up to dry during the day along with the bike.
Dressing for the ever-changing weather is always a pleasant challenge that leads to new discoveries. Anybody find a new warm layer under the tree (or on sale) this year that you would like to share?