Although I unofficially declared my riding season over several weeks ago, I have continued to commute to work on good days and to steal a few hours on the saddle whenever the weather surprises, like it did today (Saturday - 60 degrees plus).
This afternoon, I had an hour-and-a-half to myself, so I got on the Bethpage Bikeway at Sunrise Highway and took it up to Bethpage State Park. A few weeks ago, this was a picture-perfect Autumn scene, one that makes you wonder why anyone would drive all the way upstate to see the leaves changing. Today, I'm sad to say, the trees are mostly bare, and anything left dangling is brown and crumbly.
In total disharmony with the obvious signs of an impending winter, the playlist on my mp3 player was still intact from the summer, so songs like Zack Brown and Jimmy Buffet's "Knee Deep," as well as Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds (Don't Worry Bout A Ting)" kept taunting me without mercy, making me wistful about past summers and impatient for next spring.
I don't know how much longer I'll be able to drag myself out on the bike this year, but bare trees and all, I hope to grab every opportunity that presents itself.