mountain biking in the dark


“If you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.” 
― Robert Elias

Sometimes I feel like I can’t run, I can’t crawl
And sometimes I feel like I ain’t nothing at all
Life is a journey where you stumble and fall
But I’m okay” – Nico and Vinz, In Your Arms

If you know me,  you know that I like structure. I like predictability. Poor Dave, too many time has inadvertently shaken me by requesting a change of venue. Not of time, mind you, or even activity,  but just CHANGE OF VENUE. A matter of miles. Secret Stash instead of Lunch Loop or the Monument. I go NUTS. I had one thing planned and that’s what I had planned! You can’t change it.

Needless to say, I suck at spontaneity. Not that I’m never spontaneous- I certainly can be. But when I have something planned, it’s hard for  me to change those plans. So, luckily for Melinda and I, we had only planned on a ride, not where or when.

Someone posted on our SSTS Facebook group an idea about a moonlight ride out at 18 road. So I pulled out all the spontaneity in my being and talked Melinda into heading out there for our ride. She was a good sport and we had a FANTASTIC time!

We arrived at the TH just as the sun was fully set. The views were incredible, and I couldn’t even hope to capture them on camera, though I tried.

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We chatted a bit with Tom who was just getting off the trail, and some dudes visiting from Iowa. Before long we were full-dark and climbing up Prime cut. The climb was pretty dang fun, but the descent down PBR was a total blast! I couldn’t believe the difference from the last few times I’ve ridden this trail. I was relaxed and had perfect form. I felt fast and free and I couldn’t stop laughing!

I’d given Melinda a big head-start, and nearly caught her. I really had no chance, she’s very fast! We headed back to the TH to see if any of the other ladies were to meet us. Jen found us and we had a fun time riding up Prime Cut and down Kessel Run with her. We stopped to chat, laughed a lot, shared personal stories and had fun trying out new lines.

The descent down Kessel Run was incredibly fun! I really felt like I was flying the Millennium Falcon.




Ha ha ha! Just making that made me laugh really, really hard!

We even tried to get some shots in the dark.

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Melinda is so patient with my photographer aspirations.

By the time we were done it was way, way past our bedtimes. I can’t speak for Melinda, but I sure slept soundly.