« Last post by RussSeaton on August 26, 2016, 02:47:36 pm »
I live about 350 miles west of Chicago. On the route between Chicago and Denver. If you start on the east coast in September, you will get to the Midwest in October. The Midwest can be wonderful in the fall. Sunshine, breezes, pleasant temperatures. It can also, and frequently, be cool to cold and very windy and rainy. The climate is very variable in the fall in the Midwest. Winds out of the west and north are almost guaranteed. In the fall my friends and I use the riding technique of getting up early in the morning, looking out the windows to see what the weather is doing that morning, rain, snow, wind, cold, then deciding to ride or go back to bed. If you could plan your rides for afternoon every day it would be much better. From about 1 to 4 every afternoon its usually good riding weather. Last year Halloween was 60 degrees. Other years the kids needed a winter coat and mittens and stocking hat. By starting so late in the year, you are almost guaranteeing a wide variety of weather. From great to awful. Great meaning 60 degrees. 60 degrees is fine for riding, but its not really warm. You might want to wear long sleeves and maybe tights too. Awful is rain and maybe 30 to 40 degrees and headwind.