This month saw the passing of a nice little landmark – 10,000 kilometres cycled this year. In the same period I’ve covered just under 5,000 kilometres in the car. At this rate I would catch up the deficit in the next six months. However, the changing of the seasons and the shortening hours of daylight are most definitely upon us meaning that I may need the car a lot more.
I can just about handle riding through cold, wind and rain, but my commute is mostly along narrow country lanes which can get very unpleasant in total darkness. Potholes and road-kill appear out of nowhere, and the uncertainty about my visibility to car drivers can make things unpleasant. Fortunately I have a certain degree of flexibility with my work so have been arriving progressively later over the last few weeks to eek out the last of the early morning daylight. This weekend the clocks go back which should give me a few more weeks of riding in murky morning light, but after that it will a real test of nerve to keep going.
My bike is covered in lights, I wear a high visibility reflective top and I’ve investigated lots of alternative routes. I plan to keep on going until the full darkness of winter has arrived, but may have to rack up a few more miles by car to make sure I arrive at the start of next year’s cycling season in one piece. Damn this darkness.