In line with Thomas Hardy's book (which I confess I have not read) I did my Black Friday ride for the third time.
35 miles west to the coast range foothills and the logging road that parallels the Tualatin river, over logging company and BLM gates to the fenced off Hillsboro watershed and back. Beautiful day! Sunny, light wind and cold. 27F when I left, probably barely warmer at the turnaround and an hour after my return, 32F now. (The "gravel" was smooth, frozen clay/dirt/sand and a better surface than many of Portland's streets.)
The mall/madding crowd? Nowhere to be seen.