Every year, with out fail since I started riding I’ve celebrated the Winter Solstice. Not because I’m especially in touch with nature, or any old primal religion, but because from here on out the days will start getting longer, and that makes me happy.
Riding in the dark and cold sucks, and I can’t wait to be warmer and enjoying this more. Being cold doesn’t suck enough for me to stop riding, it just makes it less fun sometimes. If at anytime I start to think it would be nicer in a warm car, all I need to do is drive in one for a little while to be reminded that no, it really isn’t that nice. Sure it’s warm, but it’s also boring… so very boring. I like feeling alive, and if it takes freezing my ass off riding to work in 35 degree weather so be it.