I guess it’s the passing of daylight savings time and the impending arrival of winter (despite the lack of anything resembling cold weather – we still have tomatoes ripening in our backyard), but lately my internal clock has been a bit askew. Â Right now, it’s 8:15 PM – my wife and I are lying on the couch, listening to Neil Diamond Christmas songs – but it feels like it’s 10:15 PM. As the days shorten and the nights lengthen, the precious few hours of daylight become ever more dear. Â These times have always been my favorite part of the year; the weather is cooling, leaves are falling, and the holidays are underfoot. Â I’ve always enjoyed the days with the fewest hours of sunlight – and no, I’m not particularly a fan of The Cure.
That said, I knew when I set out on my bike this morning that I would have ever fewer days like today in the coming months. Â The high temperature today crested at 72Âº F, quite a bit above what I would consider normal. Â I dressed for cool/cold weather – Icebreaker long-sleeved shirt, a t-shirt over that, plus my trusty Swrve cycling knickers, knee warmers, and sock pulled up far too high. Â I also brought a shell but ended up not needing it.
My riding goals today were simple: bike to campus to take care of a little (electronic) paperwork, then ride the Greenline, and finally visit Kroger and Buster’s for some provisions. Â I left home around 9:30 this morning and had a lovely ride to campus. Â I hadn’t biked in some time, at least a week, so I took it easy. Â Traffic was light and the weather was not too unpleasant.
I left campus around 10:30 AM and headed to the Greenline on High Point Terrace. Â Here’s what the Greenline looked like as I entered it this morning.
Empty. Â Just how I like it.
The traffic was pretty low today. Â I guess most people were shopping or rubbing lotion on their bellies,Â distended from the orgy of food that is Thanksgiving. Â I cannot claim to be innocent of such crimes against moderation, hence my ride today.
I pedaled on an on to the Visitor’s Center at Shelby Farms then found a bench for a respite. Â The day was rather windy; at times I could feel the wind pushing against my chest as I was relaxing, and my bike as I was riding, making my ride a bit more wobbly than usual. Â Here’s a few pictures from Shelby Farms.
Pretty retro clouds.
Angry retro clouds!
Clouds, please stop making faces at me. Â Kthxbai.
After half an hour or so of being battered by the winds at the edge of Patriot Lake, I decided to head back to campus. Â Biking west, I came upon this lovely mural.
I know, it’s been up for a while. Â But having had such a busy fall, this is the first time I’ve seen it! Â How exciting. Â I must meet the one-legged cyclists who posed for the mural.
After stopping at campus for a moment, I left for Kroger to pick up a few necessities. Â Then I left for Buster’s for a bottle of prosecco, which has been shooting up the charts at my home. Then I biked home, just in time to watch my team get destroyed by its archenemy. Â WDE, that’s all I can say.
Anyway, here’s a map of my ride.
You can see how I rode on Southern to campus, then through Chickasaw Gardens on the way home. Â Altogether, it was a really great day to ride, if not to watch college football. Â I hope your day was similarly enjoyable. Â Look for more adventures soon …