Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Twilight




"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."


Those of you who know me, know that I rage at the end of every summer. I protest, barter, and just plain deny, the need for lights. Even when the fight's over, I'll still be the last to ignite my torch. Maybe there's Riddick in my blood. Maybe I have more in common with my favorite of all birds, the owls. Either way, I see better in twilight, without man made lumens.

Despite all of that, I broke out my light systems, and began my ritual recharge and burn down tests, to be sure my lights would not let me down in the inky blackness of the trails. Despite my love for natural light, I found myself excited about the coming season. By the end, I'll be so sick of keeping lights charged. My neck will be sore from the extra weight on my helmet. But right now, like the first bite of an apple, I'm excited about the first forays into the darkness. The eerie, foggy loops of Munson and Twilight, the spotlight technicality of trails of questionable legality, the subway tunnels of speed runs along Upper Caddilac, all wait to be played out, hopefully to the degree that my memories preserve new snapshots to recharge my own night riding batteries, for the seasons to follow.

7 comments:

BIG JIM said...

Nice

Kent said...

I hate a night ride with lights. but... i've decided this is the year... I shall join you.

BIGWORM said...

We welcome you with open arms! It's been kinda quiet on these rides without W.B., so it would be nice to have a noise maker back out there with us! ;-)

Christopher said...

BW, leave them switched off as long as possible and make the rule, "The first light on buys the beer."

Storminnorman said...

Buying the beer would be a small payment to get to light up. It would let me see and I'd get to drink a beer afterwards. Both are good!

BIGWORM said...

I like it, Christopher!

Human Wrecking Ball said...

Great post, man I look away for a second and you put up the best post of the year.