Beaumont, AB, Canada
Monday 10:00 am
Wind: 24 km/h
-6°C is not something I would have understood, say, 2 months ago. And yet, seeing this on the forecast is a huge relief. The weather this last week has really been nothing short of brutal. I am not exaggerating when I say that the fingertips of my last fingers still feel a little bit numb.
What’s the difference between -6 and -26? Not a whole lot. You can feel the colder air, that’s for sure, but you’ll still be wearing the same jacket, shoes, etc. The biggest difference is felt in your face - which, for practical reasons, can’t be covered up - and your hands - which, no matter how much they are wrung and massaged and exercised, will not generate heat, their capillaries simply contract too much for warm blood to flow all the way out there.
Today’s the first time in the whole of winter that the temperature will rise through the night, going from -15 all the way up to -6. I’m intending to celebrate by going for a run.
In other news, I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that today starts the 1 month count down. Trepidation is one thing anxiety is another uncertainty reluctance regret anticipation. I can’t believe our time is almost up, I can’t wait to get home. Such is life, yet again I find myself hopelessly and irreconcilably ambivalent.
I have 2 friends on same-ilar trips right now and to use the pregnancy terminology we’re all in different trimesters. I’m, of course, in the third, due soon. Really feels like an “any day now” kind of thing. Well of course their experience are different from mine but I can’t help but think about 1) what they must be feeling now, 2) what I was feeling when I was in their “trimester”, 3) how they will inevitably reach the point of where I am now and 4) whether they’ll feel then what I feel now.
We’ll never know will we.
When Denise isn’t around I take the front seat; not a place for long conversations. And as we sat in the car heading out into the cold of the -27 degree night I turned to Joe (who was driving) and recalled the fabled SEAL motto, “the only easy day was yesterday.” He gave a grim smile and a slight nod, eyes fixed on the road.
Long Sleeved Heattech Shirt
Long Sleeved Heattech Turtleneck
Windproof Cycling Pants
Woolen Thinsulate Gloves