-- Launched at 3:32 and made it to the gate at 4:47, 2 min after sunset, and 1 min after Dave. Chased that poor guy, but ran out of real estate. I pushed on to Sierra Peak and made it on cat-eyes, no lights. Winds picked up pretty good, but it was 68 degrees out there. Slow-rolled back to a leeward area and hung out and enjoyed the glistening city lights, incredible. Slow-rolled back to Beeks, still amazed at how warm it was. Forgotten the wonderment of being out there totally solo at night. Dropped in to the dark BS abyss, ready for more adventure. Even HR was warm. Groovy! Got down to the lower canyon, swung around the corner, and came upon a Mountain Lion sauntering along. Chased him about 50 yards when he bailed Left at the BS Falls Trail sign, and I bailed Right. Awesome! Winds were howling in the lower canyon, my lights were catching the swirls of dust and falling leaves - surreal. Had this one in my head all week and was stoked to see the weather cooperating. Truly a Great Ride!