Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Riding with Long Shadows

54 F, strong southwesterly breeze

We set our clocks one hour back this morning. While it will be easier to get up with daylight, it also is now way too dark in the late afternoon. At 3 p.m. I set out for a loop ride, meeting my family at my sister-in-law's house. The sun hung low on the horizon, casting these elongated shadows.

Flattering shadows! Mother nature can make anyone appear long and lanky.

After a short visit with family, raking leaves, and digging out two cement bases from leftover fence posts, I excused myself and continued with the ride. The sun dipped below the Adirondacks. But not to worry - I cycled on the waterfront bike path.

Shadows grew fainter. Can you see me?

Burlington recently announced they would be enforcing the use of headlight and tail light on bicycles. I didn't think to bring anything to clip on the Ross... okay, I admit I considered it, but told myself to be home before dark.

I turned uphill and made my way through the city center then pedaled on the University paths where I encounter little contact with traffic. The moon was quite pretty, promising another frosty night

We are in the midst of Indian Summer. The next three days are forecast to be 60 F. Unfortunately, because of the time change and darkness at 5 p.m., I no longer will ride to work. Instead, I will switch to the cold weather routine: up at 5:30 a.m., walking and jogging on well lit streets.


  1. I had to laugh at the flattering shadows bit! So true.

  2. Burlington recently announced they would be enforcing the use of headlight and tail light on bicycles.

    Was there anything in particular that prompted them to do this?

  3. We have more cyclists who commute by bike than years ago, which is a good thing. But it is becoming a serious safety issue, especially with numerous colleges here. More at this link.


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