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Report from the Great White North [Jan. 16th, 2012|12:00 am]
Young Geoffrey
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Me and my riding machine (the hockey stick, yes, was an affectation) after a 14 k run from the Ottawa International Airport, January 15, 2012. Thanks to the Phantom Photographer for the image.

Well, that was a first for me: my bicycle chain froze.

Yes, Gentle Readers, Young Geoffrey has his bragging hat on again.

13 kilometres there, 13 back. And that last half was at a temperature of -18 C (that's about exactly zero Farenheit for you Yanks).

The frozen drive chain meant that I had to keep up a constant pressure on my pedals. Any time I eased up (let alone dared to try pedalling backwards!) the thing would escape the cogs and just slide forward when I tried to move forward again. Only thing that would fix it was to dismount and jiggle it back and forth with my glove a few times, then get back on ol' paint.

Truthfully, it's really not that hard to do; the worst part is that the roads are narrower because of the snowbanks (and yes, a little more treacherous due to patches of snow and ice improperly cleared. I ride faster in the summer).

Surprisingly (at least it was to me, when my parka gave up the ghost a few years back), the key to staying warm is what your mom probably told you: layers.

The proof is in the freezing

That's right: if a screen-cap is proof, then I've got proof!

I wear a headscarf (like an Arab or a slavic babushka) under my helmet; a pair of jogging pants over my pants; a t-shirt, button-shirt and sweater beneath a leather jacket. Add in a pair of glove inside a decently warm pair of mitts and — voilà! — I usually need to unzip and loosen the scarf before I reach my destination.

And that's about it, really. Just bragging.

I suppose I can add that I'm really glad that I braved the weather for more than bragging rights. As some of you might recall from Facebook, I managed to pick up a flu that knocked my onto my ass last week (despite having had the shot; Raven didn't get it and so far hasn't got the flu, either — go figure), so my body was craving some exercise.

Aw right, maybe I've lost the magic touch when it comes to these personal entries. Or maybe not. What do you think?

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[User Picture]From: thefed
2012-01-16 07:41 am (UTC)

Keep up the good work

Way to not freeze :) Keep up this trend of not dying, and pretty soon you'll be living life by sheer circumstance
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-01-16 08:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Keep up the good work

Thanks, I'll do my best, on all counts.
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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2012-01-16 03:01 pm (UTC)
Aw right, maybe I've lost the magic touch when it comes to these personal entries. Or maybe not. What do you think?

I kinda miss the sex posts but that's probably because I'm kind of a pervert...

Your posts are fine though :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-01-16 08:08 pm (UTC)

No sign of return

Thanks, I appreciate the reinforcement. I sometimes miss the sex posts too, but mostly feel as if they were an exhibitionist phase that (at least for now) I'm done with.

(Although, I'm vaguely toying with writing an erotic fantasy/adventure novel, so maybe I'm not entirely done with the subject.)
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[User Picture]From: mijopo
2012-01-16 10:05 pm (UTC)
I used to bike all year in Edmonton including those -30 C days, it was very invigorating, but tricky. My mustache would get frozen and one has to actually be careful not to overdress as sweating can result.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-01-17 05:26 pm (UTC)

Tricky indeed

It's really something you almost have to experience to believe, the amount of heat one's body can pump out, isn't it? I rather think that it's mostly cross-country skiers and snow-shoers among urbanites who'll really understand how you can ride along at -20 with your jacket flapping open.
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2012-01-17 02:07 pm (UTC)
...And then I complained about those meager -4'C in Iceland. Duh, I'm so spoilt.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-01-17 05:15 pm (UTC)

- Est-ce que c'est normale?

Is -4C a typical winter temperture in Iceland, or was it extra warm for your visit. (That's actually a country that has long been near the top of my want-to-visit places.)
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2012-01-17 05:20 pm (UTC)

Re: - Est-ce que c'est normale?

It's normal for this time of the year, but I was meaning to say a similar thing about Switzerland - that was the last place before I flew back to SA. And it's +30 here! :S

Edited at 2012-01-17 05:21 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-01-17 05:27 pm (UTC)

Re: - Est-ce que c'est normale?

Huh. That Gulf Stream is really quite something! (Not that that goes a long way towards explaining Switzerland's conditions, I don't think.)
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