Yesterday evening I had an epic commute. Okay, maybe it wasn’t epic but is was definitely memorable.
When I left in the morning the local tv weather people were saying that there would be a chance of snow in the evening about commute time. Usually here in Seattle when the weather people say it is going to snow nothing happens. So I didn’t think too much of it when leaving for work, but I did pack my coat and rain pants just in case. The ride to work was just fine, no rain or anything just a nice morning ride.
As I go to leave the office it is raining and a little colder than when I rode into work. About 1/4 of the way home it switches to freezing rain/snow mix, then just snow and back to plain old rain by the time I get home. I stopped half way home to take a couple pictures, to share with everyone.
While I am off the bike I decide to wipe off the rain/snow mix that was sticking to me. Bad move. Now the palms of my gloves are soaking wet and my hands are freezing. I didn’t think about the transfer of moisture from the jacket to my gloves. I don’t have another pair of gloves with me so I have to suffer the rest of the way home. By the time I got home it took about 15 minutes for my hands to really warm up.
The moral of this story is don’t wipe the snow/water off your jacket or anything else with your gloves because they will just absorb the water and soar your previously dry palms.