My daughter is going to Vladivostok for three months, and I told her that I would fly to Khabarovsk and then visit her on my bike. "Sure" she said, and I think that means she doesn't believe I will actually do it.
So that makes me really want to do it. I want to show her that old daddy can still do 800 kilometers in about a week. Now I looked at the climate tables and I read that Khabarovsk in January has an average temperature of -23°C (-9°F). Daily lows are -24°C (-11°F), falling below -31°C (-24°F) by the end of January. Oops...
The climate in winter is fairly dry, and not much wind, so that is an advantage. But I have zero experience in such kind of expeditions. I rode my bike to France a few times many years ago, but that was always in summer and when I got tired I could just take a nap somewhere in a field. If I do that near Khabarovsk I guess they will find me in May.
I am trying to figure out the right kind of clothing. I think I need to focus on my face, hands and feet, the rest should not be a real problem. For my head I want to buy two pair of caps like these:
Then ski goggles, and that should be it for my head.
But my hand and feet I am less sure what to do exactly. Any advice (other than "better stay home")?