Voyages on Two Wheels – 2 October 2011 – Riding the Terminator Between Day and Night
It’s funny how I’ve had some time to take pictures, but just not the time or energy to actually get them published. I guess that’s just life, but I wish I had some more time and a bit more energy. In any case, I’ve got two more posts nearly ready to go after this one
I’d gotten a bit of a case of cabin fever a week ago Sunday and thought I’d go for a short drive out to the beginning of the road to Mt. Charleston. By the time I got there, I figured I could make it out to Indian Springs. Once I made it to Indian Springs, I figured it wouldn’t be too much farther to Mercury, NV
Of course, I got a later start than planned (again) and another ride which started in daylight ended in darkness. I actually really enjoy evening and twilight on the motorcycle. It might not be the safest time to ride, but the scenery looks better in the twilight and the view from the bike is truly superb. The line between daylight and night on a celestial body is known as the terminator. We’re used to seeing it on the moon when it’s anywhere between new and full – it’s the line between light and dark. I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think about experiencing that zone between light and dark even though we do it twice a day.
Yeah, I’ll admit that part of the reason I didn’t want to turn back is that I wanted to see more of this sort of scenery
Another reason for continuing west was that I remembered passing an historical marker a while back when I rode around Mt. Charleston and through Pahrump. I passed it by back then in the interest of staying fast in the heat, but I’d wanted to return sometime. I have a sort of curiosity that way – I always want to read the markers if I have the time
Mercury, NV is the gateway to the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. Government used to test nuclear weapons. There’s an exit and a sign that informs travelers that there are no services such as gas stations and not much else from the highway. It’s also one of the ways into Area 51, but they still won’t let me use it
The sun continued to fall as did the temperature. I never noticed how nice it was to be warm in the evenings during summer. Funny how things keep changing and new insights are found in the most ordinary places.
If you look just above the guard rail in the center of this pic, you’ll see a small guard building. Anyone who remembers the anti-nuclear protests during the Cold War will remember when people came out here to be arrested in an attempt to prove their commitment to the cause. It really is quite a ways out in the middle of nowhere – click here for a map and then zoom out to see just how far out it is. Those protesters really had to be a bit
The sun finally dropped below the western horizon at about 1730 hours. It’s getting darker so much earlier these days. I wish I could get the long days of summer with the temperatures of fall, but I’ll take what I can get. If nothing else, I get to ride on the terminator without staying out too late
Have a great day, everyone
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