As soon as I turned my rear wheel went flat. I cursed myself for not finding a frame pump for the schwinn. My co2 cartridge would freeze and by now the snow was coming down hard. I started to walk and after 5 miles I was coming to some houses were I would take shelter and attempt a flat repair. As I got close to the houses a kind man in a pickup truck stopped and insisted that I take a ride home.
He understood what I was doing but reassured me the weather would get better and I would have better days to ride in. I came home and discovered a 2 mm long minute wire embedded in the tire. This was a discarded tire I got out of the garbage and obviously we did not spend a lot of time looking for this little wire.
Wire out, new tube and I am ready to attack February. Must wear second pair of socks, take frame pump and be ready.