My old friend, my mountain bike
It was a wet wet weekend. I still haven't done the ride I was looking forward to and I am resigning myself to the fact that it may not happen this year. But once again I had a great alternate ride. Saturday it was raining steadily so I ran hoping I might luck out on Sunday. You certainly couldn't call it clear skies but I managed a 25+ mile ride without rain drops! When I left my house I thought I would be riding 10- 15 miles tops. I was riding my mountain bike for the first time this season and I had a blast on it. I headed to one of my favorite dirt road routes and at some point I decided to do some exploring in my own town. I went up several dirt roads (and I do mean up) knowing I would be turning around at some point. One road I went farther than I had ever been on that road and was amazed at all the houses. I turned around shortly after the school bus turn around as the road really started to narrow. It was quite isolated but not scary. Except at one point I had a large gray pig (boar?) right next to the road. He wasn't too thrilled with me and took off. When I came back that way he was back by the road and once again I startled him and he took off. It was one of MANY times today I thought I wish I had my camera. Because it was supposed to be raining I left it at home. I was amazed at how pretty all the foliage was everywhere I rode in spite of the gray skies and no sun.
Not as big as the one I saw. I was worrying about moose not
a large pig.
A second road that I went up was very hilly and I didn't go as far. It never flattened out, there was nothing to see and I had no idea where it went other than up the mountain. The next road was one I have ridden to another town on although it is not a road that is maintained. I went a good 2-3 miles up it and was once again surprised at all the houses and the lovely foliage. I turned around when it became National Forest Road. It was great to be looking at completely different stuff in a beautiful setting.
I did come up this hill today but this is from 2010.
I decided I might want to hit 25 miles if I could and still needed to add some. I found a loop to add on that repeated a little bit of my ride but then took me another way I don't usually choose because it is too short but for this it was perfect.
It still wasn't raining but for some reason my wrist was hurting (holding onto the bars a different way or angle?) and I headed for home. I had been wearing my rain coat and rain pants and I didn't spring for the pricey Gore Tex stuff so I was drenched with sweat.
Since I didn't take pictures I went on line to find pictures people have posted of this fall's foliage.
This picture and the one below look very much like
where I was riding today.
Thursday I had a great run mainly because I ran in a different place. (I had an appointment and was able to fit this in before it.) The sun was rising through the eerie fog surrounded by the fall foliage. But once again I didn't have my camera. It was so nice to run in a different spot that I may run there again tomorrow. I have packed both biking and running stuff and it depends on the weather as to what I do.
Last week continued to be somewhat stressful at work but Thursday I rode my bike on the bike path after work and what a great stress reliever that was. Plus I got to see my favorite son and dog! Notice I mentioned the son first.
Foliage near my house earlier in the week
Jaxon sadly watching me leave for my bike ride
A gorgeous evening on the bike path