It has been last fall since I took a night ride. Man, i forgot how much I love that. I hopped on the Peace at about 8pm last night and told my wife that I was going to take a spin around the neighborhood. 10 miles later I returned. I live in a pretty small town so traffic is kind of a non-issue, or at worst is easy enough to negotiate in the dark.
Anyway, I love what happens to hills in the dark. Steeps that normally mess with my mind and legs just don't seem to be a problem in the dark. I love that. I seriously intended to only be gone for a few minute, and then I found myself in the park, bike hopping down the steps of the grandstand, I also zipped down a cart path through a 9 hole country club, I buzzed the Wal-Mart on the edge of town, as well as the campus of the State Mental Institution.
When I returned home my wife who lays blanketed in a lounge chair on our deck and reads in the dark with a little book light said "Just the neighborhood huh?". She asked me if I had ridden through the alley on Fairview Ave. to get back home. I responded that I did. She said she could here me coming by the progressive volume of the barking from the dogs that live at those houses.
Great ride. I hope to do more.