This can be one of the best times of year for a ride. The temperature is cool enough that you're not suffering in the heat, but warm enough that your toes aren't freezing. All the same, in the parking lot at the start Joe, Kevin and I sounded like teenagers preparing for the big party: "What are you wearing? Do you think this is enough? Should I wear this winter jersey?" Five minutes later the climb up South Mountain Road warmed us all up.
We had been late starting, but Joe took the front on 202 and got us to Kakiat by 8:50. We continued making decent time over to Long Meadow Road, where we had to take it easy to enjoy the scenery. Too often we cyclists are so focused on the road that we miss the beauty around us. Today we lifted our heads and were so taken by Harriman Park's fall display that we had to stop for pictures:
This was not a day for speed records, just a great day to enjoy the fall weather and the company of other RBC members. The three of us rolled back into New City with smiles on our faces and about 50 miles behind us at the advertised pace. My thanks to Joe and Kevin for a very enjoyable morning.