This marks my fourth consecutive winter of cycling to work at WCCO-TV. With some preparation, and a lot of luck, I’ve ridden to work every single weekday in that timeframe. Over that span, of more than 1,000 days, the temperatures have varied by more than 120 degrees! (On January 6 of this year I rode in minus 22 F, while the mercury peaked at 102 F on July 6, 2012.) Needless to say, I truly live by the old motto that there are no bad days to ride, just bad preparation.
This frigid December weather has Minnesotans flocking to stores, buying lots of new and traditional winter items. At REI, Wendy Oskey was debating Wednesday between two of their high-end booties for her golden retriever Yoffi. One pair was $70, the other was $50.
It wasn’t exactly what they thought they would find inside one of their son’s Christmas presents. But the unwanted surprise hasn’t dampened the holiday spirits at the Henry home in Coon Rapids.