On becoming more like an owl
a hoot of a tale
I got back into mountain biking only a few years ago.
When I did, it was expected that I become more like an owl.
The biggest challenge has been that faced by my eyes.
(turning my head in a circle has been easy for at least two decades)
We regularly ride at night.
The people I ride with have been doing this for years.
They can see in the dark.
They don’t need very much light at all to navigate familiar, grey topped trails.
Initially, I was severely impaired.
I could not see in the dark.
I needed a headlamp.
Recently, I’ve been out after dark with someone who rides less than I do.
I only brough one light.
You might think that after the first time, I’d be better prepared?
Each time I did, they got to use it. They were less comfortable feeling their way through the twisty, turney path.
I learned that over these last few years, it’s not just my legs that have grown a bit more fit. My eyes are stronger too. They were desperate to let the light in, Riding off ahead in the dark, the path just appe…
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