Clearing My Head
After 2+ days of sitting in a hospital with my dad, I went home last night absolutely wired from too much caffeine and inactivity. I knew the only solution to that was to get out and do something, so after supper I grabbed the Surly and set out for an evening ride.
It was nearly dusk by the time I got out, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was taking a “night ride” and stopped several times in the first few minutes to grab a quick picture in the fading daylight.
By the time I got out to Turners (5 miles), it was full-on dark, so the remainder of the ride was calm and quiet as night rides are often apt to be.
I enjoy taking the Surly out after dark or before daylight because it is just about the perfect bike for that. It’s fast enough that you feel like you’re flying through the night, but not so fast that you’re liable to overextend yourself by outrunning your beam of light and putting yourself in harms way.
If you’ve never ridden out in the country at night, you need to try it at least once. It’s so peaceful and quiet, with just you and the bike traveling down the tunnel of light thrown by your headlight. Without the benefit of being able to see my computer, I can only judge my speed by how it feels and by how hard I’m working. If you would have asked me if I was going fast, I would have said, “Heck yeah! I’m flying!” In reality, I wasn’t flying, but I wasn’t loafing either.
As I came down the hill at Turners, a little voice in my head told me I better not bomb down the final hill at the creek, and I’m glad I listened. Because of the storms we had over the weekend, the creek had been over the road and left a very wet, slimy patch of mud that wouldn’t have been good to hit at 30 mph. At 12 mph, though, I had plenty of time to see it and react accordingly.
I pulled into the garage about 8:00 PM with 23 miles under my wheels and a head that was in a much better place than when I started! You can click the map above for the full GPS track.
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