The Times, They Are a Changing
...And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no tellin' who That it's namin' For the loser now Will be later to win For the times they are a-changin'
So, it is again getting to that time of year where the days and nights are equal (equinox= "equal night") and soon it will be dark seemingly all the time. You can feel it in the air, as I did on my ride yesterday. It felt like it was going to rain, and yet it never did. The cool air felt great on my bare arms and legs. It was magical, but soon the weather will be a little more imposing.
When you are out in the fall and winter, please make sure to take precautions. I always ride on the road with a day running light up front and a rear light in back. These are essential for your safety even during the daylight. That front blinker gives drivers a cue that you are in the road. I cannot tell you how many times it obviously stops drivers from pulling off of a side road and going right in front of me.
Wear brightly colored clothing and add some reflective tape to your helmet and bike if you can. I covered this earlier in the blog, and it makes a difference.
Be wary of what is on the path ahead. This is the time of year where many branches fall onto the road or path. Rocks and debris build on the edges of the road due to water coming off the pitched road surface and down towards the shoulder. Leaves are slick when wet, and chestnuts are a likely source of danger in our area as well. Eventually, you can add ice to the equation.
Just be careful but make sure you get out and enjoy this time of year. The oppressive heat of August is finally gone. Enjoy the nice moderate days, and get ready to bundle up. Don't just throw the bike onto the trainer. At least not yet.