Friday, September 20, 2013

The Tide Has Turned

Loving fall and my workouts right now.  First I got up on Thursday and ran with the harvest moon!  It was beyond gorgeous out and I was glad I got up even though I fought it at the time.

Thursday after school I rode with my colleague who is faster and keeps me moving right along.  We left her house and rode to Vergennes to take a loop I have gone on a lot.  The return home included the 6 big hills C complains about but to my eyes she flies up them.  It's funny because we all have different ones we think are the worst.  I have only been on this route twice and I am having a hard time deciding if hill # 5 or hill # 6 is the hardest.  C and her husband each dread a different one and both are different from mine.  But we made it up all of them on a glorious day.  The picture below is one of two waterfalls we went by that I have never seen.  You would never see them from a car.

Then there was today's ride which was almost perfect.  The temperature was wonderful.  My energy level was great.  I voiced several times that I was in heaven.  Well almost.  I seriously with no exaggeration rode by 15 snakes, not all small, not all dead.  I don't think I saw 5 snakes all last year. This is a road I ride a lot and I have never seen them before. After awhile I got the heebie jeebies.  I had planned to extend the ride but turned without doing so.  THEN I gave myself a talking to and told myself to use this day to the fullest, snakes be damned. I was really glad I did as one of the roads I went on had so many animals on it. It's Sheep Farm Road that I ran on just last week and I really like it.  It's dirt so I don't go on it all the time but it was well worth it today.
I love goals - seen on SHEEP Farm Road.

And of course there are a lot of sheep.

A few cows are allowed too.  There was even a llama although
I didn't get a picture.

A sign of things to come.

The last couple of days have reminded me of why I love fall (minus the snakes).  I can't wait for more runs and rides in the next couple of months.  Enjoy your weekend!


Char said...

I envy you heading into Autumn. Our spring has had bursts of summer already just to remind me how much I hate it. But this morning the weather was amazing - perfect for running. And when I read this post I thought 'I know exactly how you feel.'

Giorgio said...

I also love fall its atmosphere, colours and sceneries.
Have a nice weekend!

Amy said...

I love fall, too, it is absolutely my favorite season! And that moon was gorgeous, wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

That's what that was on Thursday. I was wondering why the moon seemed so bright during my run.

Michelle said...

Fall is my favorite too! Your ride looks so beautiful!

Kate Geisen said...

I love running in fall too, though the first few are always an adjustment on figuring out what I need to wear in the cooler temps. Love all your pictures!

I guess I'm going to try running again today. I'm nervous about how my back will do, though.

christa said...

Love fall, love sheep farm road, love running in the fall, (or a walk/slow shuffle as I do now).

Teamarcia said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous. Minus the snakes, of course.

EB said...

Oh wow, the trees are starting to change already! It's always interesting to ride with new people. It's funny that you see different hills as challenges.

Char said...

Just answering the question you asked in your last comment.

The little videos are called GIFs and I find them by doing a Google search. For the unicorn I just typed in 'unicorn farting rainbows gif' and for the Jack Nicholson one I used 'flipping the bird gif'. You never know what you might find - sometimes nothing and sometimes gold.

Laurie said...

Gah, you have the most beautiful rides! But you can keep the snakes. I would have been inclined to go a different way after snake #2. They give me the heebie jeebie's, too.

Ransick said...

I'm not a fan of snakes either, specially when running.

Beautiful pictures!

Black Knight said...

Great header, I like the photo.
The snakes are not the best running/biking mates.
Fall is the best season for our workouts.

Fran said...

Great positive post, I love it.

Looking at your pictures I can totally understand why you love fall so much: it's beautiful.

I love fall too and look forward to the things I have planned.

Lindsay said...

Yeah I'd love to hike now but the snakes give me the heebie jeebies!! Dead or alive! Your pictures are gorgeous!