It's time to enjoy a brisk skate in fall weather, but it's only fair to add that wet leaves are an inline skaters own little autumn road hazard. The bright fall colors are great trail scenery in the regions that have a seasonal change of color. But, when those cute little things start falling and moisture from rain, dew or frost sticks to them, skaters need to be cautious of them on trails the same way cars need to watch out for black ice on clear but slippery roads.
Fortunately, fallen leaves are easy to see. Just take care and realize that any leaves that have moisture on the surface or underneath has slip and slide potential, especially if there are enough of them to prevent any of your wheels from contacting the raw pavement.
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