The last month of September has been dry, mild which has made it thoroughly enjoyable to get out of the sack early in the morning for my commute to work. Others have described the same elsewhere in the northern hemisphere as the bleakness of winter creeps nearer.
I like riding in September. There is no cricket meaning that I can go further on my Friday journey home without the fear of tired legs chasing leather the next day in the East Hertfordshire heat. I am on target for my 3rd Imperial ton per week this week, a testament to having more free time to squeeze in an extra ride.
Aside from the extra time, the weather. I leave ~ 6.30 most mornings. Its now dark at that time but extending the 19.5km journey longer to 25-30km means that I’m greeted by a new day waking. The birds chatter and rabbits scatter across my path as the rising sun lazily heralds yet another bright day. Its still mild enough to wear short sleeves and shorts. Even Wednesday’s slog into light rain and a headwind was pleasant (although it was the beginning of October). However this mornings mist, in spite of 13°C did give me a reminder to do an inventory of my stock of long sleeve jerseys.
Today is October. Another glorious day and an early departure from work in sunny 20°C temps WITH a 12mph tailwind is on the cards. This will probably close the curtain on the magnificence. Rain, wind and cooler weather is on the way and may be a timely pause to get some bike maintenence done.