Glittering autumn leaves crowd the narrow forest trails we follow away from the parking lot. It’s beautiful out today, though that doesn’t stop us from commiserating over batteries both dead from disuse. We get a day of kickstarting.
Here is a pro tip: in preparing to ride today, I finally figured out why my bike had started stuttering at the end of the last ride with my brothers. It acted like low fuel but I could see a couple inches of gas in the tank. It didn’t make sense. It turns out using halogen headlights with a low battery interrupts the fuel pump. Today I’ll keep the headlights off.