Tree Growing Out of the Sidewalk at Magazine and Toledano

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s really cold in New Orleans right now. It is much, much colder than I can remember it being since I moved here, and I don’t exactly know how to ride a bike in this weather. I know, I know, you just ride, but how do you stay warm? I realized today that I don’t even really have a decent coat. But I wanted to ride the Surly, so I piled on layers of sweatshirts, two pairs of knee high socks, jeans, a scarf, a hat, and a pair of mittens and fingerless gloves and headed Uptown to meet a student. Once I got pedaling I warmed up–removed the hat and mittens, unzipped the outermost layer. I was actually sweating by the time I reached my destination, but then I got cold again–layer on, layer off. How do you people in cold climates possibly get anything done with all this un- and re-dressing? It was even colder on my ride back downtown, but after a couple drinks with a mayoral candidate, I was warm enough to just enjoy the ride. I stopped to take this picture of a tree growing out of the sidewalk on Magazine and Toledano, in front of Slim Goodie’s. I can’t tell if there was a small crack that’s been made bigger by the growing tree, or if somebody planted a tree in a pre-existing hold in the sidewalk. I guess we’re all just going to continue to act like there’s nothing to see here, as if growing a tree and keeping the sidewalk passable aren’t fundamentally at odds. But perhaps the cold snap will take care of the problem–nobody’s slipped a cozy on the thing.

5 thoughts on “Tree Growing Out of the Sidewalk at Magazine and Toledano

  1. Well, Kate, it is colder everywhere…record breaking cold….-27 here where I live. It’s that global warming, doncha know? Riders here can’t ride right now….worries of frost bite.

  2. Start out feeling cold so that you don’t have to de-layer so much when you ride. On the bike, blocking the wind is more important than when on foot so a windbreaker outer layer is key. Windblocker fleece is amazing within these temperature ranges (20s -30s) for active outdoors stuff. Cover your core, wrists and neck when you’re cold, expose them if you feel yourself starting to overheat. A wool or fleece scarf is also nice because it’s very adjustable and adaptable. Try NOT to let yourself get too sweaty because that’s going to defeat a lot of other measures you may have taken to get warm. When it gets really cold (for me, 20s and below) neoprene shoe covers and an ear band cover completes the ensemble. Runners sometimes seem more dedicated than cyclists when the temperature drops; check out what they are wearing now and you can’t go far wrong by copying them.

  3. My least favorite thing about cold-weather riding is the time spent dressing and undressing. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I can’t wait until I don’t have to wear my entire wardrobe every time I ride my bike.

  4. My NOLA bike rides to and from work are accomplished using the following layers: t-shirt, thick cotton long-sleeved shirt, windbreaker, plus hat that covers ears and work gloves. I find that I sweat a little, but not enough to get cold. On the coldest days I wore thin nylon pants over regular pants, though it’s warming up now.

  5. Well, I am not going to spoil the tree mystery by giving away the answer entirely, Kate. But, I will say this… there are also trees growing in the sidewalk outside Kappa’s house.

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