I had mused, a while back, about doing a longer ride to work and today I have started doing that. Bobbie said that I was silly doing it today, since the weather was supposed to turn nasty (and it was quite blustery this afternoon), but I said that there was always an excuse not to ride, so I should just get out there and do it.
It was about 6:30 when I left and 8:30 when I arrived at the office, and the distance was about 33km. Based on doing that each morning, I think that I’ll surpass 200km each week. I’m only going to do it in the morning since I don’t really want to ride into gathering gloom – riding into brightening skies is much nicer.
When I started, the sky was barely light and I finally had an opportunity to use the clear lenses on my glasses. At about half-way through the ride, I swapped over to the dark pair, since I was then heading east into the rising sun. The temperature was quite mild this morning, and I hope that we’re over the worst of winter, but I don’t know how I’ll go on cold and rainy mornings. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Overall the ride was good, but I discovered again how much the Cooks River stinks at low tide in the upper reaches (before it becomes a drain). There were only a couple of sections around Concord where traffic built up and I noticed car fumes, and it’s a relatively quiet route overall. I met only about three cyclists on the ride and they were all around Concord. Certainly I didn’t expect to meet anyone riding from Marrickville out to Concord to get to Glebe.
My BNSW subscription renewal came with a couple of tiny flashing lights which I have dangling from my helmet. I think that a couple of lights up higher in drivers’ fields of vision is a good thing.