Friday, June 17, 2011

New Ride Schedule

Because it is HOT outside, I'm adjusting my schedule to allow for rides at the fringes of the day. Earlier this week, I did my prepare-for-the-next-day chores immediately after arriving home form work. That freed me up to roll out just before sunset. Not much light out, so the photos are a bit fuzzy. But it'll provide a glimpse of early evening out on the prairie.



last light

brighter moon

night gravel

back at the shop

It was a tolerable 92 degrees when I returned, so this'll be the mid-week routine. On Saturday's, the plan will be to get a very early start. Summer afternoons out here on the north Texas prairie are best used for napping.


  1. sure is a different problem than we have in this part of the world. Our highs right now are low 60s. It's been a miserable year so far. I think I need to move:)

    Good on ya for making it work!

  2. We reach 90 degrees only 2 or 3 days a year. I really suffer in that heat.

  3. 103F down south here today for the ride home.

  4. It started getting hot earlier than usual here in southwest Mo. Hot for us is in the mid-90's but we've had alot of humidity and some thunderstorms so it's been pretty "muggy" at times. I tried riding in it last Sunday afternoon and just about boiled over. I like the term "fringes" of the day. I really enjoy early morning riding but I've never given night riding a try. I'll have to give it a shot sometime; maybe next full moon.

  5. It is common for us to get 103 degrees several times during the summer, but not really so much before the 4th of July.

  6. Night riding, deserves a quiet night
    I'm not sure all these people understand
    It's not like years ago,
    The fear of getting caught,
    Of recklessness and gravel
    They cannot see me pedal
    These things, they go away,
    Replaced by everyday

    Night riding, remembering that night
    September's coming soon
    I'm pining for the moon
    And what if there were two
    Side by side in orbit
    Around the fairest sun?
    That bright, tight forever drum
    Could not describe night riding

    You, I thought I knew you
    You, I cannot judge
    You, I thought you knew me,
    This one laughing quietly underneath my breath
    Night riding

    (with apologies)

  7. Here on the Pondero blog, we like poetry comments.

  8.'s dark AND 92 degrees? Is that a typo?

  9. credit where credit is due, in case you didn't know it:

  10. Chris,
    The hot TX weekend afternoons are, like you said, best suited for indoor activities, including napping!

    Have a good one!

    Peace :)

  11. i think i'd do the same, much nicer riding in the dark, than the heat! great shot of your bag / light setup.

  12. I love night riding, and night photography, and you are doing great at both. Unfortunately I am lightless at the moment -- my batteries are going through recall right now. Hope to have them soon, but who knows.

  13. Do you show anyplace how that light is attached? On the fender?

  14. Hey Bike Hermit, I don't think I have a detail of this one, but it uses a simple "L" bracket from the hardware store, similar to the detail shown for my A. Homer Hilsen here...

    ...except on top of the fender. Let me know if you'd like a couple of photos, and I'll get detail shots.