Plus, it was raining and in the 30s. I thought being able to move quickly would help stay warm. Of course, I was way too hot after just half a mile. I really struggle with thermo-regulation, especially when wearing rain gear. It was huge a relief when the rain eased up, and I was able to remove the rain pants and a sweatshirt. I always start winter hikes cold, on the theory that I will warm up fast, but I might have to start even colder.
Despite these issues, I really enjoyed myself out there. I love the misty look of soft rain, the peace of solitude, finding the hidden beauty in a landscape of drab.
|the water is full of sediment, runoff from all the rain|
|starting in the cold rain|
|the trail uses the Canal Street bridge to cross the New York State Thruway|
|bridge over Oneida Creek|
|warmed up and shed some layers|
|this section of trail ends at Route 46 and the next few miles of the NCT are a roadwalk|
|re-tracing my footsteps|
|crossing the Thruway again|
|Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)|
|so nice when the trail diverges from the road|