In an attempt to enhance my – sorry, actually have a – social life locally, I have joined the choir in Nearest Village. (No I can’t sing, why do you ask? The poster said they were looking for good, bad and mediocre voices, and I took them at their word). Now as Nearest Village is a mile and a half away, there’s no way I’m going to drive there, and it’s too far to practically walk, which means I’m going to have to start cycling in the dark again, for the first time since I stopped commuting. Going out wasn’t too bad, at 7pm, what with the long summer evenings here, but by the time we finished it was 8:30 and dusk. I have lights but they’re the sort of lights I had in London – ones to make you visible to the drivers, not ones that actually light up the road. Out here it gets dark. Very dark. Very very dark.
If tonight, in the dusk, under the trees, was anything to go by, I’m going to have to get new lights. Until then, it’s probably fortunate that I know the road well enough that I could ride it blindfold, because that is basically what I will be doing.
Any rural cyclists out there? What illumination do you use?