After years of unusually clear, dry weather in Seattle, this fall has been on the moist side. I never liked riding in the rain. My riding schedule has had many rain soaked interruptions. Also in November, I lived the adventures of Superman when I hit a softball sized stone. As a result, I barely hit 200 miles on the odometer in November. December has given us much of the same damp weather. When last Thursday started dry, I could not pass up the opportunity. The roads were damp, and there are currently no fenders on my bike but… Screw it! There was no way I leaving my bike home. I knew when I left that my ride home would be in the dark.
Nighttime riding in the winter definitely has its disadvantages. I am constantly checking the weather forecast and radar and temperature. All day I am continually checking for water on the roads. Lights are another concern. The sun sets before 5:00 in Seattle, so odds are I am going to have to ride in the dark. Having a light with a dead battery is BAD NEWS. Seattle’s clear weather is also usually Seattle’s coldest winter weather. If it is clear, it is cold… Well cold for Seattle. Ice and freezing fog are another concern. Life is hard! Despite this, riding at night has its advantages.
I work off hours, so my commute is late between 7:00 and 8:00. This means that it is colder, but it also means that the evening’s commute has dispersed. Traffic is light which it means it is nice and quiet. It is a peaceful. Seeing the world, a little bit at a time in the oval of my headlight really helps clear the mind. Periodic light from street lights, headlights and buildings punctuate the experience. Obviously I was excited to be riding the first time in December. So I took some photos of the night scenery to share!