30 Days of Biking 2014 – Day 17

More riding in the rain today. I don’t mind riding in the rain as much when it’s to go somewhere dry for long enough that our rain gear can dry out before heading back home. My four-year old stays dry thanks to his straitjacket–my husband’s old snowboard jacket I place over him backwards as a blankie (which has the nice side effect of keeping his stranglehands away from his brother’s neck). Usually it covers him from the neck down, but as of yesterday’s rainy day, he’s been tucking his head under it to stay extra warm and dry.

My seven-year old’s jacket gets a bit soggy, but I’ve got a line on a free poncho for him…though the friend handing it down to me is living it up in sunny and dry Mexico at the moment. For days like this I tie my water resistant jacket around his waist like an apron to keep his pants dry.

I wear my husband’s rain jacket (someday I’ll get my own) and the Rain Legs I’ve written about before. My usual outfit of choice is leggings with knee-length skirt–works best for nothing to rub against my chain or catch on drink cages. I didn’t think leggings and skirt would work with Rain Legs, but if I don’t fasten the upper leg buckle they work just fine. I think they still look normal-ish, too. Hooray for new discoveries.

I love when I can park the bike under cover, but there aren’t a lot of places like that in Seattle (which makes no sense!) so I protect my seat with the BikeCap which is always connected to my seatpost and cover the kid seats with a couple of Ikea FRAKTA shopping bags which I don’t stow on the bike and need to remember to carry along on days like this.

We returned home shortly before a beautiful double rainbow appeared, but Lake Union Park is still pretty, even in the rain:

Today’s miles: 9.3 miles
April cumulative: 239.2 miles

Bikes ridden: 1
April cumulative: 7

Dogs: 0
April cumulative: 16

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