Near where I live is a thin strip of man made land, some 14 kilometers long, that separates the St. Lawrence Seaway from St. Lawrence river. This strip of land has a full two lane road 10 kms of which is paved for seaway service and emergencies that runs along the top. This road is a bicycle path it’s entire length and access from Saint Lambert and Sainte Catherine is closed every night at 10PM.
It is unlit except for by the moon on moonlit nights and the city lights way off in the distance. There is no one there at night. No people, no cars, no security.
One or twice a summer, of the hottest and most humid nights, I access the path just before 10PM. I bring my bike which has both a front and back blinker, a bright LED headlamp, (the one that you wear on your head), clear riding glasses (for the night bugs), a small back pack, water and snacks. The head light is for safety, If there is anyone on the path I’ll see them quite clearly, and they will see my headlight, only when I pass may they realize that I’m in the buff, but by that time I’m well beyond them. I wait for the stragglers to clear the path. I strip to my shoes, socks and helmet and ride off into the night. The feeling is tremendous, the warm night air caressing every part of me, simply magical. I look forward t it every year.
Some time this summer, join me. We’ll ride together.