Recently I was awarded a brief respite from my training abroad. I must say it's nice to be home, but I will add that my daily commutes have been at best uncomfortable. The northern reaches of Minnesota have seen (in my humble opinion) a harsh winter and are we even half way through it?
The gear/kit that I work with throughout the winter months has proven to be quite effective, but there are times when it just doesn't matter, the bits and pieces are gonna get cold. It's rare that I am able to report that my torso experienced "old man winter" biting through, but last night I felt him. You know they say up here, "it's not the cold that gets ya, it's the wind", they're right.
Fortunately, the equipment has been performing in the cold, minus a few odds and ends either freezing up or simply breaking off. It's to be expected. An old friend loaned me a studded cross tire for the front which was like an extension to my life. He (Hondo) told me he doesn't need it any more as he is now heavily into cross stitching and mall walking. I miss him.
Bundle up friends, it's nasty out there. Duluth, Mn is in the thick of it now!