Temperature at departure = 30° F (-1° C)
We had the first real frost of the season overnight. You could tell because of all of the leaves that the trees just dumped in big piles. The leaves continued to fall too, this one decided to hitch a ride to the office during my bicycle commute in Overland Park:
There is something quite satisfying about riding through a fresh pile of leaves. It can also be a bit scary when you notice a few rocks and big sticks in there too.
We've also reached that time of year when the does and fauns move off the bike trail and the bucks take station on the trail. Right now I can hiss and chase them away -- this morning it was a beautiful six-pointer -- but there will come a time very soon when they'll want to stand their ground and challenge you. Regardless, a beautiful morning with more on the way for as far out as they're willing to forecast.
My buddy John asks "is it weird that the colder it gets outside, the more I want to bike ride in the cold?" No, this is my favorite time of year to ride...