...should not be underestimated.
So Thursday it was GORGEOUS here--68 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and fall foliage in full effect. I picked up Jackson and thought, "Hey--maybe I can do a quick ride!" Because when it's 68 degrees and sunny on November 6th in Cleveland, Ohio, folks, YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.
So I started my ride around 4:30. And the cool thing is that I was TOTALLY rocking it. I was averaging about 20 miles an hour and just lovin' life. The lake was beautiful with the sunset, the trees provided colorful scenery as I whizzed by...
I said sunset.
It was just about 5:10 when I turned around 11 miles from home. Uh oh. Totally underestimated how dark it was getting--and how fast.
I tried to book it back home as fast as I could. Maybe I can outride the sunset! Yeah! That's it!
No such luck.
About 5 miles from home it was almost dark, and I was a Nervous Nellie. Every car that passed me made me jump. I never ride in the dark, especially alone.
So about 2 miles from home, when it was official--black sky--I gulped and did what no time trial bike should ever do.
I rode on the sidewalk. Ew.
I just hoped no other roadies out there would see me, or I'd feel kind of like a total nerd. But I figured nerd who is safe is better than cyclist who is a pancake on Route 2, right?
So needless to say, my average speed dropped a bit. Almost as fast as the amount of daylight did, too.
But you know what? It was still a great ride.