There's something eerie about riding alone at night and when I had to turn the light on when I got to mighty chicken, it was like riding something new; never quite sure what was around the next corner because the darkness skews perception. I usually spook myself when I am out alone in the woods after dark, but with the exception of one grouse that I stirred up, I remained strangely calm. No 'Blair Witch' images or thoughts of Bigfoot chasing me down. All in all a good ride and just for fun I mixed things up by finishing differently. I usually ride out Pine Snake and onto Moose Gully, but tonight I turned off onto Caddywhumpus from Pine Snake and climbed up to the end where I picked up Sniper as a last trial. A good change from the normal ride.
Every time I ride Sniper I like it more; it keeps getting faster and more swoopy as it beds down. It rides nicely in both directions but I prefer it from the far side (farthest from parking lot off Middle Trail) right now.