Fall Has Arrived
Summer dies a slow and painful death here in Newfoundland. The days quickly get shorter, but the really cool temperatures usually hold off until mid-October. Even then, we sometimes luck into a stretch of warm weather thanks to tropical air masses heading north. This sends us happily back into “summer mode”, only to be brought swiftly back to reality by a brisk north east wind the following day.
I was actually contemplating taking the bike to work this morning…but when I stepped out onto the patio to hang out clothes I just about went on my arse. Frost on wood is quite the treat at 6:30am. Common sense prevailed and I went to work in the car.
I equate the start of fall with windshield scraping, and I had to do just that this morning for the first time this season. It was one of those “in-between” mornings, when you think that the windshield wash will take care of it…so you spray your windshield but it’s actually too cold for the windshield wash to work and all you do is make a mess and you end up having to get out of the car and scrape anyways, which is what you should have done in the first place.
The temperature warmed up greatly this afternoon thanks to light southwesterly winds, enough for me to go for a run in just a t-shirt and shorts. The fact that I was getting out for a ride this evening just went without saying!
I can deal with the frosty mornings and short days. I love the colours and really enjoy running in the cool temps. As long as I can get out for a scattered ride like I did this evening, fall is alright with me. I hope it lasts till mid-January, and then starts to warm up 😉