According to the US Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications, Raleigh, NC:
Sunrise Sunday, Nov-11 -- 6:47 am. Civil twilight -- 6:20 am.
Sunset Sunday, Nov-11 -- 5:10 pm. Civil twilight -- 5:37 pm.
Yes, it is definitely the time of the year that, when doing a 200+ km ride, I, and many others in the NC-rando community, race "the dark monster" from the first pedal stroke. Just keep pedaling, and no messing around at controls.
Each permanent from now until at least early March-2013 will be a repeat of the "race".
That's pretty much part of the deal here. In the summer, back-off the pace to help stay cool. In the winter, no messing around.
If I were in certain parts of the country (+ world), I wouldn't need to race the dark-monster.
There would be no way I could beat it.
In certain other parts of the country, I wouldn't need to race the dark-monster, either.
Because I wouldn't ride in the conditions prevalent in those parts.