Moonlit ride tonight

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Moonlit ride tonight

Postby Manx Cat » 9 Dec 2008, 11:23pm

I am now taking a different commute route on teh way home. Same route to work, but going home, I now slip off up the Begoad Road.

Its brilliant. Totally black and dark. No artifical lights whatsoever cept my bike ones. Its a VERY quiet B road. Its also been unusual to meet 2 cars along its 3 mile length as I go back to the cottage.

This evening, I had my road light on full beam and my cateye flashing away... but best of all was all the moonlight. I could see everything, the cows, the sheep some cuddies grazing as I peddled home. At the top of Begoad ROad, I could see the flat still Irish Sea with the moon reflected in it, and the lights of Liverpool and further up to Blackpool.. It was ACE!

Only disappointment will be the return of Mr Jack Frost... so its the bus again for me tomorrow....

Mary

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Postby Dean » 10 Dec 2008, 12:11am

I'm quite jealous - the frost and unmelted snow in NE England has made riding during the hours of darkness a lottery.. But the moon was extraordinarily bright tonight.

Anyway, I'm currently listening to Calexico and dreaming of warmer climes.

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Postby eileithyia » 10 Dec 2008, 6:42am

Beautiful moonlit nights, now you know why long distance audax riding can be such a wonderful experience, and why (when on quiet lanes) it is not always necessary to need a front light, only if you know a car is coming.
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Postby lauriematt » 10 Dec 2008, 10:04am

shame at this time of year....thats lots of little country lanes i could use to get to work but almost definitely they would be covered in ice...

...so i settle for an almost desserted B road...which gets the occassional gritter on it
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Postby Si » 10 Dec 2008, 11:15am

Yep, I've been taking the train lately as by the time I finish (around 7) the ice is already forming :cry:

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Postby Dee Jay » 10 Dec 2008, 7:30pm

We have our cycling club's second 'Moon Ride' on Saturday evening. The icy conditions - even during the day, even in Devon - are a bit worrying. Although, the forecast is warmer and wetter ... I believe.
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Postby squeaker » 10 Dec 2008, 11:58pm

Dee Jay wrote:We have our cycling club's second 'Moon Ride' on Saturday evening. The icy conditions - even during the day, even in Devon - are a bit worrying. Although, the forecast is warmer and wetter ... I believe.
You forgot 'windier' :lol:
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Postby Dee Jay » 11 Dec 2008, 11:01pm

squeaker wrote:
Dee Jay wrote:We have our cycling club's second 'Moon Ride' on Saturday evening. The icy conditions - even during the day, even in Devon - are a bit worrying. Although, the forecast is warmer and wetter ... I believe.
You forgot 'windier' :lol:


Ooooh ... don't! :twisted:
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Lights at night

Postby York Commuter » 12 Dec 2008, 10:39am

eileithyia

I beg to differ - lights are always needed

not so that you can see (I agree that moonlight is excellent)

But so that you can be seen

You never know what's coming around the dark corner.

Enjoy your night time rides

Stephen
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A tourer since 1992
Now a married man who spends longer in the garage repairing and building than riding!

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Moonlit ride tonight

Postby Anura » 12 Dec 2008, 10:24pm

I used to cycle home from work across the Moss, on a farm track which had more pot holes than road but when the moon was out you could see the potholes as they shone. I always turned off my lights as the only traffic would be farm traffic & they were all locked up by the time I went by. Once I got back to civilization the lights were turned on again.

Sometimes when it snowed, I would be cycling along virgin snow along the track. If I fell off, it would be like slow motion.


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Postby meic » 13 Dec 2008, 1:06am

I have often enjoyed night rides with no front lights, sometimes because of flat batteries.
Rural roads are a thing of their own. I will do the 23 miles back from my parents and meet 3 cars on average. Often I will only meet one car.
I will probably be aware of that car through lights or noise more than a minute before it finds me. I certainly will have enough time to turn on lights, get off the bike and off the road etc before they get to me.
If it is another cycle, walker or animal it will not be going fast enough for us to be a danger to each other. Unless it is jumping out of the hedgerow.
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Postby pioneer » 13 Dec 2008, 3:05pm

Stop it all of you!!

I love night rides but still can't ride for weeks yet. Bah! It's only been a week and a half and I'm like a bear with a sore head already.

I did do some tinkering in the shed on the sly' but that's as far as I'll be going!

Sodding ice. :x

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Postby Si » 13 Dec 2008, 3:26pm

Looking forward to a moonlit ride home tomorrow night after a mince pie and mulled wine party. That's if I can brave the ice....

Anyhoo, the moon is meant to be much bigger than usual due to it being the nearest to the earth than it's been for years. think that I'll still take the lumis though.

But, yeah, riding by moonlight is great!
Remember an ice covered moonlit night ride around the forest above Ludlow - moon real bright and reflecting off the ice, hardly needed the lights at all when out of the trees...like a very spooky altered mono-chrome altered version of daylight.

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Postby meic » 13 Dec 2008, 3:59pm

The Forestry Commision allow cycling in the forest at will. I asked at one of their presentations about riding at night and apologised about my weird habit but asked anyway.
I was surprised at his enthusiastic response, apparently it is a common practice and the night forest is full of cyclists!
I havent met others yet but it is a VERY big forest.
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Postby Si » 13 Dec 2008, 4:06pm

meic wrote:The Forestry Commision allow cycling in the forest at will. I asked at one of their presentations about riding at night and apologised about my weird habit but asked anyway.
I was surprised at his enthusiastic response, apparently it is a common practice and the night forest is full of cyclists!
I havent met others yet but it is a VERY big forest.


Oh yes, responsible for the decimation in Britain's deer population, we are :roll: