Riding in the dark

Day 220, Thursday 29 March 2018

I had a very busy day today, so I went for my daily ride before breakfast. Auckland is still dark at 6:30 am at this time of year, but rush hour was well underway.

I don’t often ride at night. My usual helmet has a tinted visor and that’s far too dark to be suitable for night riding. I wore a spare helmet with a clear visor this morning. My sports-tourer has an adequate but not brilliant headlight, so I rode my adventure bike, which has good lights. Being aware that my fluorescent jacket might not be as visible as usual, I took extra care to make sure other vehicles were aware of my presence or that I could avoid them if they moved into my lane.

This would have been more fun – but also more dangerous – if I’d been riding at night on a country road, but with limited time, I was only on city streets.

Distance travelled: 16 km. Total distance so far: 29,029 km

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