Nighttime Ride


You bundle up; it's cold outside. The scarf keeps the drafts out of that ill-fitting collar; the gloves come ever-so-close to covering your wrist, but when you stretch out to reach the bars an annoying half-inch gap forms and exposes bare skin to the cold, but you're used to it. You throw a leg over the bike, and with your left glove on, you use your right hand to fire up the taillight. Flasher mode works best. Pedal. Rolling away from the parking lot lights, you join the bike path; the moon is almost full, and it casts a base glow on the path before you, but even the leafless trees block enough of it to warrant the headlamp now.…

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