It starts slowing down around Topeka ride-wise right about this time of the year. The evening rides sort of become nonexistent because even with daylight saving time, there isn’t enough time to get in an even sort of good ride. Everyone still meets a couple of times a week, once for cross practice and the other for a “new” gravel night-time ride from the local bike shop. It leaves at 6 pm and goes a couple of hours.
For some reason, 6 pm at this time of the year seems way later than 6 pm during the summer. It has to be a light deal, but whatever the reason is, I sort of hate waiting around until dark to ride.
That is until I ride in the dark, then it’s a completely different story. I like riding at night. I like the lack of vision and amplified hearing. I like the perception of accelerated speed. I like just about everything about it other than getting ready and walking out the door. I’m going to try to make more of the Monday, gravel, night rides this year. I always enjoy them once I start.
Fall in Kansas is pretty great usually. It is super late this year. Normally the majority of leaves are on the ground by Halloween. This year, the Oak trees in my front yard are still green. I guess it hasn’t gotten cold enough to get everything moving.
At Berryman on Saturday, the leaves just started dropping like crazy about 1/2 way through the race. Sometimes it was like riding in just a snow of leaves. I loved it. It distracted me from all the physical problems I was having.
Okay, it’s raining today. A wet fall, cold day. I stayed up way too late last night, past 2 am, so I’m underslept. It’s not a bad day to try to catch up a little on that if I get a chance.
Here are a few misc. photos from the last couple days.