The bargain was plenty of gusty wind in exchange for some 55 degree plus warmth. I accepted the deal and launched onto the Assabet River from Russell's Bridge at the Maynard/Stow town line.
Paddled against the mostly northwest wind for about 2.6 miles upriver..almost losing my hat several times. The trip back downriver was very pleasant with the wind and sun at my back. It seemed the cold front was passing overhead as I paddled, while the sky behind me in the west was clear.
Found one section of river that was protected from the wind (opening photo).
Other photos from the back lit downriver trip included a short foray into Elizabeth Brook...
...where I didn't ask my shoulder to push me past the beaver dam.