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I am sorry; the sight of mums in the supermarket depresses me.

Old 08-25-14, 03:52 PM
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I really don't mind the cold weather, but the lack of daylight is a struggle. Going to work when it's dark and coming home when it's dark, even with more than adequate lighting on my commuter bikes, just doesn't cut it.
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Old 08-25-14, 05:04 PM
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Acorn Squash and Sam's Octoberfest. Sigh.

(I do love the changing seasons though. Just think that some produce and some production should wait another week or two. It's just like some folks insist on breaking the Beaujolais Nouveau embargo.)

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Old 08-25-14, 06:06 PM
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Here in Southern California, we only have two seasons. Hot and dry and cooler and dry.
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Old 08-25-14, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
Sculptor, I began life in Brooklyn also but I'm a country boy now. You need to get cross country skis to find another season to enjoy. Nothing like cold air on your cheeks, spruce boughs bent gracefully bent down and laden with snow and your skis hissing as they glide effortlessly through a wooded trail. OK, so maybe not all that effortlessly but still, an excellent way to spend a morning.
Last winter was the first one in some time that conditions where I live would have been good for X country skiing but I neglected taking advantage of it for some reason. Should we have another winter like last year I am definitely going out to ski. Previous years we had a terrible cycle of slushy snow followed by freezing which left horrible ruts to deal with. If I went inland I am sure I could find good X country trails Usually I can ski on a nearby golf course so that would be my choice if the winter is snowy and cold again.

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Old 08-25-14, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
Sculptor, I began life in Brooklyn also but I'm a country boy now. You need to get cross country skis to find another season to enjoy. Nothing like cold air on your cheeks, spruce boughs bent gracefully bent down and laden with snow and your skis hissing as they glide effortlessly through a wooded trail. OK, so maybe not all that effortlessly but still, an excellent way to spend a morning.
Riding through fresh powder on the bike path is just as good. And various off road places along the way. No matter when i go out, there are
always tracks from another bike already there. Cross country is a lot of fun, but I can't usually start at my house.
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Old 08-26-14, 10:24 AM
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I used to be bummed this time of year. But, knowing that we'll be heading to FL sometime in November will let me actually enjoy this Fall. Could really notice the change toward Fall in the air just the last couple of days. They've been pretty hot and humid, but you can still feel the change.
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Old 08-26-14, 11:13 AM
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Ahhhhh....blessed Fall. A short prelude to the best season of the year, winter. Winter when off road travel is easy. Winter when, finally, I can get comfortable by putting on another layer when, in the summer, no way I can take off enough to get cool. Mosquitos are under the snow. At last I can stop scurrying and be more deliberate. At least that is the way it used to be.

Now, I have some sympathy for folks who don't like winter. But, most of all, I miss it. Winter used to be fun. Now it is almost to the nuisance stage.
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Old 08-26-14, 11:18 AM
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Mums. What's the big deal. I was at Sam's Club last week and spotted my first Christmas Tree display. Not kidding!!
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Old 08-28-14, 07:28 AM
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The Mums had a frosting of snow yesterday in the higher peaks yesterday.

But they never took the long underwear and winter coats off the racks.

I'm heading to a warmer location before I get snowed in.
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Old 08-28-14, 07:56 AM
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I wouldn't know a "mum" if I saw one and wouldn't go to a food store looking for flowers in any case.

Regarding Autumn and the onset of winter, as noted by Southern California members above, it really doesn't change our cycling much. The only limit is how far we can ride up into the mountains due to snow not being cleared off the roadways.

Sure, we have to add arm and leg warmers, maybe a base layer too on colder days but big picture, winter is not a bad time to ride!

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Old 08-29-14, 08:48 AM
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Here in Edmonton we have two seasons, construction and winter. It is starting to get a bit chilly in the morning. I travel east for about half my commute in the morning and I am pointed straight into the rising sun. Sunglasses at 07:00 am. In a couple more weeks, I will be in transit before the sun comes up. I still haven't made up my mind about commuting in the winter. I really can't see bicycling when it is -40 C. Metal, at that temperature, gets very brittle. I have broken tire irons changing car tires at that temperature.
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Old 08-29-14, 08:56 AM
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Mums at the store are an excuse to ride a bike!

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Old 08-29-14, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by gdhillard View Post
Fall is coming to Virginia. I rode through a cool, misty rain today, and enjoyed a hot shower and a hot coffee when I got home. We have a 360 day riding season here, and I'm loving the cooler weather.
Haha. 360 days riding! I guess if one doesn't mind riding in sleet, snow, ice, and chilly rain for some of those.
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Old 08-29-14, 09:48 AM
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Whats wrong with riding in sleet, snow, ice, and chilly rain? I love that stuff!
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Old 08-29-14, 09:43 PM
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September is the start of my outdoor season, be it hiking or biking. In the heat of summer, big-city air quality hurts my lungs if I engage in vigorous exercise.
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Old 08-29-14, 10:51 PM
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When I lived near Palm Springs, I was always impressed that the Canadian Geese reached our location at the same time as the Canadian Snowbirds.
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