As the air outside cools and we feel time grow tighter and the leaves change their amber colors we can feelÂ our daylight get shorter.Â This is some of the best time to ride here in our Green Mountain State.Â As greenÂ turns to beautiful shades of yellow, red and orange, our green tunnel takes on a new and fantastic feel.Â The trail even seems to change as the leaves fall; we feel themÂ crackle beneath our tires as we carve turns.
This WednesdayÂ nightÂ was no colorful exception as we rode some of our favorite trails in Waterbury: Perry Hill.Â Â Â Every light in front or back of you flowing in and out of turns.Â Old familiar trails turn new and exciting with the absence of natural light, with only our own artificial headlamps illuminating our way.Â Night rides take on a much more personal camaraderie-like feel with friends navigating together through the dark. Night riding with a pack of ten is like no other. This might be whyÂ fall night riding is one of my favorites.Â The groupÂ shares the experience ofÂ riding through the dark, staying together, calling out turns or features, guiding each otherÂ as we ride.
So as weÂ feel our light fade earlier and earlier each and every day, don’t let it keep you inside! An old trusty headlamp or new high-powered riding lamp can show youÂ a whole new world.Â One youÂ never knew just happened to be right outside your door; in the dark.
Now get outside.
Tristan Von Duntz works in sales/distribut
ion for www.vtsports.co m and at Onion River Sports. A mountain biker since the age of 7, Tristan now lives in Plainfield, VT. Check out his blog at Green Mountain Lines.