November Sunset Ride

Sunset at JR’s Recyclables

Said to be among the coldest Novembers on record, that didn’t deter some riding — in fact 21 of 25 days so far saw at least some excursion by bicycle.

The 4 days not ridden occurred when a snow and then ice covered roads made riding a dicey thing to do.  Temperature and wind were other factors on days ridden, some days very cold and breezy, others not so bad.  The coldest was the day Dave and I rode at 18F and a fairly stiff breeze — we were glad to get back from that one.

Today was maybe a little unseasonably warm, a bit breezy from the south, but very good for this time of year.

Its getting dark fairly early now so headlight and blinky were a good thing to have in operation.  Taking off around 4 PM meant a not tooooo long a ride, but a ride nonetheless.

So, down the now well worn 7th street a mile south to 4000N and then west a half mile to the CSX railroad and then reverse itinerary.

The shot of the sun setting over JR’s is somewhat a study in contrasts.

The sun’s low angle puts a golden glow on trees along the North Fork

Modification to the Western Flyer with the change to a drop bar and narrower saddle  — parts compliments of JR’s — well the bar and brake levers are — from a mixte Centurian that showed up there.  Really unbelievable how much those changes improved that bicycle!  The sun is sinking rather fast, so off I go.

Barren trees glowing orange at the North Fork

Blurry photo shot on the fly of sunlit Russian Olive scrub

Sun is sinking quickly

Actually won’t get too much farther south by the Winter Solstice

One last shot before heading home

U turn to take photo = WF is facing the wrong way

We will have to see what December brings weather wise — I was hoping for 3,000 miles this season but may fall a bit short.  Those miles are spread over 6 bicycles, with the Raleigh and Diamond Back in the lead, and poor little Huffy on the tag end.  🙁

Sign not seen on today’s ride!


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

8 response to "November Sunset Ride"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: November 26, 2019

    Nice amount of riding this year Rich. Our daylight hours are way short now as it begins to get dark at abut 4:30. Shortens any rides I do too because the temp is often too low early in the morning for an early start to ride. We do what we can do, and I( too ride year ‘round a long as it i safe to be out there.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 26, 2019

      Thanks, cycling can be time consuming so limited to 2 or 3 hours a day at most.

      No riding tomorrow — winds up to 60 mph possible — unless I wanna head toward Chicago with no pedaling involved!

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 26, 2019

    Hitting 18F around here would be about the same as hitting absolute zero, because all motion and outdoor activity would cease throughout the Bay Area.

    You know what I always say. Sometimes the winter weather around here is so brutal that we need to wear two layers of beach clothes.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 26, 2019

      We were in Fresno several years ago — temp in the 50’s — and people had on parkas and heavy winter gloves — felt ok to us in light jackets, but Im sure to them it was pretty dern cold!

  3. By: gregblood Posted: November 26, 2019

    Sunsets make me sad about the end of the day, but glad about the beautiful clouds and sky and colorful landscape.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 26, 2019

    Hottest November on record so far here. Early morning rides then at home under the airconditioner for me.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: November 27, 2019

    You certainly got in a lot of miles this year! And I’m amazed how cold it is there – any you’re out on your bike! We have only hit 0°C a few mornings so far, glad of that!

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: November 28, 2019

    Well done on those November stats! I always thought Nov was the worst month of the year in Indiana – cold in the 40s a lot. Yuck! I love the golden glow on things in the cooler (in your case, colder) months of the year. Hope your December is a good one!

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