Mountain Biking in the dark

Moonlighting

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” 
― George Carlin

“I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

Wow tonight was great. I had some business in Fruita, so I headed that way and decided to bring the lights and ride a little night solo at 18 road.

I’ve been feeling really strong lately, so I hit the Prime Cut climb hard, racing the sunlight, and floated down PBR in the shadows long-past sunset. It was borderline insanity, and very fun!

I got back to the lot and donned my lights, headed up for round three and did Joe’s Ridge as well. It was freaky riding along the fin with only dark air on either side of me. But my music was pumping, and my heart raced. I felt amazing, despite fighting the fatigue of the day.

Round three I went up Prime Cut and down Kessel Run. At the top of the climb I was tired and needed some calories,  but I didn’t want to eat anything that might keep me up all night, so instead I took of my pack, turned off the music, and laid in the desert; completely alone but me and the stars and the sounds of night.

The run down Kessel was a blast, and I  mused about the first time I had ridden it- the week we moved to Grand Junction and were forced tourists due to not having a place to live. I didn’t know how to ride very well then, and it was more than terrifying. Then here I was 2.5 years later, flying through the dark- comfortable, happy.

When I got back to the parking lot, my little red Jeep was the only vehicle left. I removed my sweaty clothes and put  on my sweat pants. But before I was totally clothed the moon asked me to dance. So I obliged. He and I partied in the empty parking lot, dancing like no one was watching, because no one was.

It will remain one of the best moments of my life.

Here’s one of the songs that set me grooving: IN YOUR ARMS

Here’s some Strava action: NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS

Here’s some pictures:

IMG_1891 IMG_1892  IMG_1950 IMG_1951IMG_1893What a great way to start off my last month of this experience.