The weather here has finally broken and what we consider fall has arrived here in The Sunshine State.
With the cooler weather the opportunity for riding has increased and I have been making the most of it. Even to the point that I have been taking the bike to commute to work.
Leaving early in the morning as I do 6:30a.m. was at first a bit daunting to say the least. I choose a route that is all along side roads and has little traffic.
The first morning was almost surreal. I was the only vehicle on the road. Now the first time I rode to work I was on the early shift so I had to leave the house no later then 5:30a.m.
When I drive the car I take main roads and even at that time there are a good number of people out on the road.
Not seeing other traffic was a very interesting thing to see.
The route I took takes me along the coast and at one point runs right along the water. When I came to that point I slowed down as I was in awe of what I saw. The morning was clear and calm, the water along the Intercoastal was like glass. Clearwater Beach was lit up like a Christmas tree with all the lights from the hotels and condo’s.
The reflection along the water was amazing. Breathtaking!
Now during the day there is a fair amount of traffic along this road along with foot traffic with people walking and jogging along the water.
At that hour of the day there was none of that which gave me the freedom to slow down and soak it all in.
When I bought my bike I had it checked out by a mechanic to make sure it was alright and didn’t need anything.
The day I went to pick it up he told me there was one thing wrong with the bike.
I held my breath momentarily and then he said “It needs to be ridden”
Well I’ve been doing that and enjoying every minute of it.
Matter of fact from spending so much time on the bike as I have of late has had me thinking of what to look for in my next bike.