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Freaking yourself out on a night ride

Old 04-29-11, 09:17 AM
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Freaking yourself out on a night ride

I ride at night. Myself and a buddy kayak at night. I camp, hunt, etc. I'm used to being in the dark. Two nights ago on my night ride I'm heading down a side road to get to the bike trail and for some reason I get the image of coming up on Jason Vorhees (Friday The 13th) in my head.


This freaked me out a bit. Why? Probably because I was in high school in the early to mid 80's and that's when the Freddy, Jason, Halloween, etc. movies came out. By that time I had even watched the moves that were out before then like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, all the clown and doll coming to life movies and on and on.

So I'm shining my head light left and right "just to make sure" and then I realized... hey, what's behind me? I check back there then back to the front quickly because I know Jason is pretty quick when he needs to be and the ability to suddenly be where he shouldn't be is his worst quality.

So about three seconds after getting past all that I look up a bit to spot a corner coming up and there are two sets of glowing eyes looking back at me. Common sense tells me there are two deer up ahead. Well it WOULD have told me that if I had just not gotten over convincing myself I had biked into a horrible situation.

I'm sure it was just a second or two but it seemed forever until I, as a rational adult, could convince myself that I WOULD continue riding at night. For that brief moment until then I had decided my evening rides were the stupidest thing on earth.
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Don't you love that, I have freaked myself out a few times on night rides. I just laugh when I get home
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I came back home and told my wife and she got ALL freaked out. She gets worked up on stuff like that and me telling her first hand what was going through my head made her uneasy. I told her she had to go with me next time to hold my hand.
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Someone needs to stop taking drugs before a night ride...
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Since you're so fond of riding at night, did you know CIBA, the local mega-club here in Indy, has a giant annual night ride each year? I think it's called the NITE ride (Navigate Indy This Evening or something like that). I'm sure you can find it through a google search.
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Originally Posted by WonderMonkey
I ride at night. Myself and a buddy kayak at night.
Best time to go kayaking.
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About 10 years ago (before I had a decent light) I heard a bunch of coyotes yipping and running around as if they were chasing something. I was on a rail trail with no lighting and my light barely let me see in front of me. I wish that I had a bike computer at the time as I was hauling some serious arse to get home.
Next time just think of The Devils Rejects...
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I'm actually less concerned when in motion, except for having deer run into me or me into them. Even the little Edwards Plateau deer would be a serious ouchie at 10+ MPH. I've had to whistle to get them to move out of the way at times. I really need to get a horn or bell for my next handlebar set up.

As I said, I usually am not concerned about creepy-crawlies out and in motion. I lived for a few months in a house at the end of a street, backed by a creek. The trees there were old and huge, cutting out a lot of the ambient light of the town so it was really, really, really dark. At the time I often rode to the gym in the super-early morning and it was winter so it was still dark when I got home over an hour later.

At the time I couldn't use my concealed carry license without breaking the law. The gym was, then, posted with the official Texas 30.06 sign. For me to bring a concealed handgun inside would be grounds to lose my license for a time. Obviously not leaving it on the bike. So no gun.

Where I live now it isn't as dark when riding at night so I don't get the heebie-jeebies. Also having dropped over 50 lbs I'm feeling a lot more likely to put paid to anyone or thing that might be so foolish. Plus they took down the 30.06 sign when the new owners took over at the gym.

So if something/someone wanted to find out if I'm employing my license the results might get loud.
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The best is night riding on a 300 or 400k when you're all whacked out on sleep dep and exhaustion and jacked up on Pepsi and coffee, and you start seeing stuff. Shadows that start looking like monsters, tree branches or shrubs or signposts that start to look like people waiting to ambush you...
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