A few blocks away from my house this morning, my heated gloves stopped working. It was dark and cold (39F). I figured I would try and tough it out for a while which didn't last long. I only made it a few more miles before I pulled into a gas station. Was my battery dying? I pulled into the light to look things over. After I stopped, I looked down and found that the power cord had caught around my leg, and it must have tugged at the cord just enough at one of the stop signs and unplugged it. I finished my ride in with toasty hands. I will need to pay more attention to cord placement next time.
The clouds broke in the afternoon to let a little sun and blue sky out. The trees looked great, so I took the slow and scenic road home to admire the oranges, yellows, and reds. It was a great ride home except for the infrequent, impatient driver who was too busy on the phone to notice the great scenery. I probably should have taken a photo or two, but I was too busy smiling and riding as I turned a ten mile ride into twenty.
A friend was very generous today and gave me a pair of hi-viz pants to wear while riding. He bought them at a tent sale ($8!!) and said he just couldn't deal with how bright they were. Lucky me! I will wear them over my regular riding pants since they lack armor. They are bright yellow, waterproof, and windproof. The pants fit a bit big, but should match my new coat beautifully.