Now I'm home, had a hot shower and fresh clothes. I woke up knowing it'd be snowy since it was when I went to bed, but snow ain't bad. As soon as I stepped out the door the snow was done, changed to ice pellets, after 5 mins of riding that changed to straight freezing rain... Now if there is anything that will make a fresh 23cm snowfall downright unpleasant it's a few hours of rain. So instead of fresh snow, packed snow and slush to ride in I got swampy slush and packed ice with water on top. By the time I got our eastside office I was thoroughly depressed and not looing forward to the next 5 hours. To make this better for me I had 40lbs of last minute holiday cheer and legal briefs to distribute over a 6km x 3km range. Seeing my distress my dispatcher quickly handed me a bottle of wine....to deliver of course, at my furthest point west. The boss came in and asked me when in gods name (god is a friend of his) would I be getting that turkey he gave me the hell outta the company fridge and into my own.(my own being as far west as the wine destination) "The turkey stays" I said, pointing to my oversized bag with tubes and now a bottle of wine sticking out of it. Truth is the boss is a nice guy, came outside as I left to snap a few photos of me getting on my ride with an oversized bag and deep snow to make a flyer for the clients so they'll love us more. Gave me a candy cane he did.
So I fell twice, nice and cotrolled each time. Once to watery ice and once to covered streetcar tracks. I slowly lightened my load over 5 hours to finally, finally arrive home. The rain stopped at noon, then it snowed nicely for half an hour, then the sun came out and it's a nice day...now that I'm done.
I know any of my geared bikes would've gotten me through the day ok, but my furry beast did it spectacularly as usual and will do it even if every day is like this for the next 4 and a half months. That's why I got her.
Here is me at the end of my short day. and some pics of my furry beast. The only ice I had to knock off to make it go was on my seat and grips when I had to wait inside an office for some documents for 20 minutes.
If I look happy it's cause I'm done, all I gotta do for the rest of the day is get some groceries and wipe her down and bring her in. That and my fiance saw me arrive from the window and came down, took a pic. She so sweet.