Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colors from our sight
Red is gray and yellow white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusionThe Day Begins – The Moody Blues
Mornings are peaceful, and
the last couple of mornings I have enjoyed the blue sky of predawn as I rode from home to Okanagan Lake, silently pedalling along.
Mornings are peaceful especially on the side streets, few people need to commute just after 6 a.m. in Penticton.
I am bundled up, full face fleece toque so only my eyes are exposed to the wind, gloves on my hands, warm shoes, and windproof jacket and pants.
My bike is lit up, lights back and front and reflective tape all help to keep me noticeable.
I saw an owl,
as I rode along this morning, my bike lights were extremely noticeable on the path which has no lights; to my delight an owl passed over my head and it whirled as it was silhouetted against the city lights. You can be certain I was very pleased to spot this shy hunter.
Silence is a blanket as I wind along,
and often the wind is pushing me and that makes it especially silent.
It’s a perfect time for me to talk out loud without anyone fitting me for a long jacket with sleeves that buckle behind my back.
Arriving home in slightly longer than an hour,
I look forward to warming up by the fireplace and I am definitely wide awake, as it usually only 1 degree outside not including any windchill effect.
Wide awake without caffeine! It’s a great way for me to begin my day.
As long as the weather and road conditions allow I will try to awaken early to enjoy the fresh air with a rendezvous with my bike.
It’s a treat I don’t usually have this time of year.
Just a short post, December 21 is the first day of winter – in a few days the daylight hours will begin to grow fractionally. But first I know there will be days of snow, and wind. That’s part of living where you experience all four seasons. As my wife would say, you got to have snow, if you want to snowshoe. 🙂