Chilly ride up the Clackamas

The sun was shining and I had some time to kill before the Big Game, so I hopped on my V-Strom and rode up the Clackamas River Highway. There weren’t very many cars other than a few Californians driving 10 mph below the speed limit and the road surface was in good shape. A few turns had some sanding gravel in the center stripe but I was able to slow down and keep in my lane without issue.

It was getting colder as I went upstream so I turned around at Indian Henry campground and headed back home to watch the game.

Frozen fog? No worries!

I rode to work today even though we had freezing fog overnight. We’ve had freezing fog the last several nights in a row. The streets in my neighborhood had a dusty shine to them when I left home this morning on my way to work, and I could feel the slipperyness when I accelerated. But I took it slowly and got out onto the highway without any problem.

It was in the upper 20’s at my house and the moisture in the air made it feel very chilly. My gear worked very well, however, keeping me comfortable. I’ve ridden in temps as low as 25, but this morning did feel the coldest of all my rides so far.

Too cold to ride?

The short answer, so far, is ‘no’.

I’ve ridden in temps down to 25 degrees before without issue. There’s a thin sliver of cold air that comes in through the top of my helmet’s face shield and hits me right on my eyebrows, but if cold eyebrows are the only thing I have to complain about on a cold ride then I’m doing pretty good.

The weather lately, however, has been a bit more than I’m willing to risk. It’s been cold to be sure — 17 degrees when I got to work this morning — and I’m tempted to set a new record for my coldest ride yet, but there is still a lot of patches of packed snow and ice around and we continue to have very strong east winds. The combination of random and various slick patches coupled with a brutal crosswind make it more than a matter of comfort.

It’s a matter of safety. It’s just not worth it to be on two wheels right now.