The blue skies were nowhere to be seen, instead coated with varying shades of gray. The warm air was also missing, replaced with a chilling wind. Nevertheless, I pressed on ... seeing images like this:
|Remember when this was pretty blue sky just a couple of days ago?|
|This water is about hub deep ... and I was wearing sandals with wool socks.|
After a leisurely cruise by the beach/RV area, I connected with the bike path and began the ride south.
|It's cold. It's dark and cloudy. There are no motorized vehicles. And I'm wearing sunglasses.|
|Turn around here or join PCH traffic to San Clemente|
With a lower gear and a determined heart, I pedaled the 2 miles back to the beach/RV area and snapped a photo with my frozen hands to document the evil path for you:
|Remind me to remember this next time I decide to ride here, okay?|
I know ... for most of you out there, winter means snow, ice, and temperatures below freezing for at least 2-3 months. I used to live in a place like that. I think California has softened me, because what I'm describing above as frigid cold would likely feel downright balmy for many of you this time of year, and would have to me when I used to live in the upper Midwest. Times have certainly changed ...
I can't complain, though, given the amazing weather we've had for the month leading up to this cold snap. Last year brought us some horrible storms, and as a result, we were in the midst of repairs for most of last January. So a little cold and some very light rain is just fine with me. I'll just have to remember to save the "Wind Tunnel From Hell" for a warmer day ...
Hope your winter is progressing quickly into the coming Spring and that you can at least get out for some kind of ride, despite the weather!