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A night ride, and a cool commute

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Last night was a good night for a road ride. I had some questions I needed to answer, such as: how cold could my feet possibly get in an hour at around 30 degrees? And, how dark is it on Moore’s Creek Road at night? As it turns out, the answers are: very freaking cold; and incredibly dark — really too dark for the lights I have. I’m not afraid of the dark, really, but it was kind of creepy being somewhere that remote. I’m pretty sure I passed within three feet of a deer (or something!) but I could only hear it shuffle around in the leaves and snort a little bit. I went right by part of the lake and couldn’t see it at all. I would have stopped to let my eyes adjust but I knew I’d get too cold if I did that.

I really need some booties or warmer shoes and some better lights. I find it interesting though how much more comfortable I feel riding through town at night, even on the busier streets. This ride reinforced the need to devise some good around-town routes. Still, it felt great to ride.

I know this is nothing compared to the weather that a lot of other cyclists are dealing with right now, but I woke up this morning to find it 23 degrees with a windchill of 15. Not insanely cold, but the coldest it’s been so far this year, and cold enough that I needed warmer gloves, and once again my feet were cold. It was a beautiful morning to ride to work, though, and smirked as I rode past vacant cars idling to warm up and wait for the defrost to kick in. I wore a scarf and that worked better than I expected. I arrived at work feeling invigorated.

3 Responses to “A night ride, and a cool commute”

  1. furiousball Says:

    Let me tell you something everybody needs some booty, oh not that kind…

  2. Matthew Says:

    You need some of what I’ve got on my website! I’m a 13 year old teen entrepreneur and you really need to check out the bandless ear mitts I sell. People don’t think they are going to work at first, then they try them and they are hooked! And it doesn’t have to be insanely cold to use them! Matthew

  3. Marty Says:

    Night biking? Does that make you Night Rider? I always thought of night as that time I DON’T want to be out on my bike – of course, I nearly walked into the ass of an elk, so what do I know. But if you are going to be out there anyway, you should learn some owl calls. Strangely, many owls will respond to calls, flying right up to you where you can shine a flashlight right on them (and get a picture, perhaps).

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