Night Rider

I’ve been riding my bike to Thursday night gaming, which even with the long days and the fact that I usually leave a lot earlier than most people, has me traveling home in the dark. Fortunately, I have a light. I originally got it because of the shifted martial arts schedule – it became a lot earlier, and the most practical way to handle it and still ride my bike to work was to have a light for the way home. And also a bike lock, which I had very rarely wanted for previously. Not too long after, and only one or two changes to use all this new equipment (and we shouldn’t forget the battery recharger for the light) martial arts moved to a new building, which forced us back to something closer to the old schedule. They couldn’t run two classes at once in a tiny space.

Meanwhile, the weather was getting nicer, and I discovered the ~15 minute drive would translate into a ~30 minute bike ride. I’m not the only one on the trail at night, either. A few weeks ago I passed someone with a very bright (neigh blinding) light, and shortly thereafter a group of people with nothing but the standard reflectors. A couple of times I’ve also scared wildlife off the track. ;^)

I suppose this makes a good place for the latest reoccurring quote:

“Security is mostly a superstition… It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of human beings as a whole experience it… Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life either a daring adventure or nothing.”
-Helen Keller

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