jreyst wrote:Bummer.. guess I missed that sign. I rode there tonight for my first after dark ride to test my new magicshine 1000's... Was very fun but lot's of trees down. I did see tons of deer in several places, had to yell a few off the trail right in front of me and then a half dozen or so eyes reflecting back at me from the big field when almost at the Lake George gate. Also, random question, is it general protocol to ride backwards after dark or not really? I ran into another guy riding with lights going the "wrong" direction but he didn't know for sure either if he was supposed to go the normal daytime direction or reverse at night. I said it didn't matter much since we each saw each other coming a looonnnnng way off with the blazing light coming from our lamps.
yea that was me. I accidentally took a cutoff service road since I couldn't read the trails clearly with the leaves which cut off one arm of the trail for me. I eventually rode my way backward to the point I remembered crossing and turned around. Generally I would say that riding backwards is acceptable at night since everyone can see each other with the lights as you said. We ride Stony backwards at night with the CRAMBA group now and we always pull off to the side when we see a rider coming in the forward direction. There were a ton of deer for me as well, I ran into an 8 point buck and a few doe that wouldn't run off the trail till I came up to them for the third time. There had to be at least 12 of them standing on that open field when I passed. Pauly should hopefully have all those trees cleaned up this week, I counted about 5 of them. There was some obvious fresh patch work in double trouble he may have done tonight, saw him driving out of the trail before night fall. I pulled one of the smaller trees to the side of the trail, but the rest were either too long or too big to pick up.