Not looking for a moral ruling here. If you have a problem with a few little laws being broken, don't read on.
I rode my usual 15 mile loop at 5:30 this evening and than came home and fixed supper. Afterwords, I just didn't feel satisfied with the days miles and decided to go put a few more on, so at 8:30 with almost no light left, I took off.
The plan was to just cruise around town for a 3-4 miles. Well, I got a little sidetracked when I went through our local park. The park is well lit and has several big smooth rolling hills that i love to drift over between our grandstand and the tennis courts. I almost always incorporate this in to every ride I take, either as a warm up before going a direction out of town, or as a cool down before heading home, so this was not a new thing for me. What was new, was when I arrived at the tennis courts, the lights of the court were reflecting off of the cart path of the 18 hole country club about 100 ft away. Funny, I have lived here my whole life, and have rode here hundreds of times, but not being a golfer, I just never realized how close this was to where I always ride.
Well, this was where the law started getting broken I could not resist this perfectly smooth, wonderfully rolling path. I looked around.....nobody....I slipped into the night and onto the path and off I went. Holy Crap I have never ridden anything that seemed so perfectly designed for bike riding There were tons of hills, but the downhills seemed perfectly matched to the size of the uphill, so it was like I was on flat ground. This course is actually divide into two 9s. Last winter I slipped out on the back 9 path on a rainy day, but had yet to had the pleasure of sneaking onto this one.
What a wonderful treat. If you have ever ridden a golf course, you know what I am talking about. The combination of the smoother rolling hills, my new Big Apple Fat Boy tires, and the darkness was almost a sensory overload
In the words of Ferris Bueller:
"The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?"
"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."