The Perseids Meteor Shower is back for its annual light show and tonight, Aug 10, is the night it peaks.
Once again we will enjoy a rare night ride to the darkest place we can find to enjoy some optimal meteor viewing. (Hopefully this year without the house music soundtrack!).
THE ROUTE: http://goo.gl/maps/Nc2st
After the success of our "Howling at the Supermoon" ride we will be repeating that route only this time going a but further. Past Newcomb's Ranch, to one of the scenic overlooks with an unobstructed view of the sky.
The best meteor viewing is from midnight to 5am in the northeast sky so we will meet at 10:00pm and roll out at 10:30pm to arrive at our destination near midnight. With (hopefully) a clear view of the night sky, we'll hang out ooohing and aaahing for an hour or so and then head back to civilization.
Needless to say, since we will be riding at night on twisty, dark, mountain roads, this will be a challenging ride and we will be as slow and cautious as needed.
!! NOTICE !!
This is a night ride through unlit twisty mountain roads and is serious stuff. There could be rocks and who knows what else to deal with. Make sure you fully understand what you are getting in to before attending this ride. If you have never ridden these roads in the daylight before, do not try it at night!
Make sure your headlight is both working and correctly aimed. And absolutely for sure make certain your scooter is in perfect working condition. You don't want to break down in the mountains at night.
Reflective safety gear is an absolute must!
(Please read that sentence again.)
You can purchase reflective armbands for as little as $10 and a reflective vest for even less.
If you do not own reflective vest or reflective jacket (or more) please do not attend. Should the worst happen and you go off the road with no reflective gear chances are you won't be found until the sun comes up. So no joking around here.
Please bring a flash light just in case, as well as an emergency repair kit if you have one.
This is a high risk ride. Suitable armored, abrasion resistant gear is strongly recommended.
SUGGESTED GEAR / SUPPLIES
Bring extra layers of warm clothing (it is colder at altitude or in canyons), beverages, food, cameras, video, or what ever else you might like to bring for your viewing pleasure.
Spare gas should not be necessary but if you have a canister it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If it turns out that the night of the 10th is overcast, the ride will be cancelled. Or if there is enough interest we can perhaps try again on the 11th.
THE SERIOUS STUFF
NIGHT RIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS IS SERIOUS RISKY BUSINESS. THIS IS NOT A RIDE FOR BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATES, OR THE FAINT OF HEART. IF YOU HAVE NEVER NAVIGATED THIS ROUTE IN THE DAYLIGHT DO NOT COME ON THIS RIDE. INEXPERIENCE IS NOT JUST A DANGER TO YOU, BUT TO THE WHOLE GROUP. THIS IS NO JOKE. PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THESE CANYONS.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED AT NIGHT RIDING ON TWISTY, DEMANDING CANYON ROADS, IF YOU HAVE NOT SPENT CONSIDERABLE HOURS RIDING IN EXTREME MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS IN THE DAYLIGHT, AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY REFLECTIVE SAFETY GEAR, DO NOT COME ON THIS RIDE.
This will be an adventurous and exciting ride, topped off with a spectacular light show. Exactly the kind of fun we Adventurists like!
I look forward to seeing you all there.
Skootz / Justin
PS Remember, to bring your completed Member Information Card with you. You will not be allowed to ride without it.
(Download ASG Welcome Pack)
Also, if you have not yet given me your signed ASG Liability Release please bring that with you too. Thx.