And just like that, the evenings are beginning to draw in earlier and earlier. Kind of sneaks up on you, doesn't it?
It's been a funny old summer, but now isn't the time to dwell on what should have been. Instead this is the time of year to make the most of what nice weather we do get treated to.
Last night for instance. The sun was shining high in the sky, the day's work was done, I headed out for a couple of hours. Threading through the suburbs of London I rolled into Surrey countryside. And it was wonderful.
I bumped into cyclist after cyclist. Lone riders and larger groups, all of them united by the desire to make the most of the last few glimpses of the summer. Dropping down Little Switzerland, turning left at the bottom and then climbing Box Hill, it felt good to be out at this time of day.
The temperature cooling as the evening wore on (it's worth remembering a gilet for such evening jaunts) and racing the setting sun home, it felt good to be out. Embrace the nice weather while you still can, is my advice. The evenings are only going to get shorter.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.