I headed off to tackle the Walden Ridge loop last night knowing I would be heading back in the dark, so I grabbed my head lamp(s). I bought a new battery pack online for an older 6V halogen light I had inherited. At the last minute I grabbed my old trusty Night Rider Digital Evolution 6V halogen just in case my new battery pack didn’t work. Good thing I did. More on that later. I left BK Motorsports at 6:00pm and got back just before 8:00pm. I probably rested a total of 20 minutes at various times on the course, but I needed it. The pump road section of trail is tough and steep. Once on the top of the ridge it took me a mile or so to get my legs responsive again after all the climbing and pushing up the pump road. I cleaned all but 4 of the climbs on the road. There is one I will probably never clean and I am OK with that. The other 3 I could probably climb if that was what I did, but I’m just not conditioned. I’m okay with that. Anyway, just before the end of the trail I noticed that my new/old lighting system was going dead. I was using both lights (one on the handlebar and the other on my helmet) so I just left it and descended on out to the car with my handlebar light. That old light that Meghann bought me in Texas around 2001 has been great. Lots of winter work hours burned off with that thing. Thanks Meg. It seems as if the new battery pack didn’t have a full charge. I have it on the charger and will try it again soon. But I love riding at night. You tend to just relax more and float over rough sections that you might over analyze in the daylight. Sort of like using The Force.