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Road riding at night

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I’ve done a fair amount of night riding, but most of my night rides have been mountain bike rides or commutes. Occasionally I will do a road ride at night, and I usually enjoy it, although I have had a couple of unpleasant experiences with traffic at night. Nothing too dramatic, just some encounters with less-than-patient drivers, but they were enough to make me think twice about taking to the roads at night.

Nonetheless, I’m determined to keep riding as much as possible this winter, and that means riding in the dark. Last night I set out for a ride as the sun was getting low in the sky, and darkness fell over the course of my ride. I had no issues at all on this ride, and it was a wonderful experience.

I rode a very familiar route, which helped, since I had a pretty good idea where the pavement was rough, and where to be especially aware of traffic, etc.

With temps in the 40s, there was a chill in the air, and a general sense of quiet stillness was the theme of the ride. With almost no traffic, I had the roads all to myself. The crisp air held the fragrance of dead leaves, punctuated occasionally by the smell of a fireplace or wood stove.

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I was treated to a beautiful sunset …

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… or, more accurately, several sunsets.

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A few times, I thought the sun had finally dipped below the horizon, only to climb up on a ridge and see it setting once again.

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This creepy barn was also quite a sight.

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Frankly, I’m surprised that the photos so far turned out as well as they did. It was getting quite dark. Things get a little more abstract from here.

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All told, I rode 21 miles, half or so in the dark. And I had a wonderful time.

3 Responses to “Road riding at night”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Occasional dark riding can be fun. It gets old after a while, missing the added details…

  2. Chris Says:

    I’ve done several rides just like this one, and enjoy watching the transition from late afternoon to darkness. Even the sounds change. If timed right, you can remain out as most folks are headed indoors for dinner. Startling contrast.

  3. John Says:

    I enjoy riding at night in the city. It’s pretty well lit and my lights are used as an attention getter. I drive a van to pick up the Salvation Army bell ringers and begin my bike commute home around 5PM. Next week that will be in the dark.

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