Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Destination, please

I love riding my bike, but I find that I enjoy it a lot more if I have a destination with a purpose.  If I'm just 'riding to be riding' I get bored.  Sad, but true.

So, today I rode to the next town over to get my hair cut and highlighted.  It was 8 miles each way and coming home was a slight grade the entire way. The path is an old railroad easement, so it's very straight and the grade is mostly gentle, but still...

Along the way I smelled honeysuckle, and saw lots of cardinals. I also heard lots and lots of birds and frogs. The path goes along a creek in several places. It's called "Difficult Run".

The crossing point of the trail from the next town over to mine is a place that was hotly contested during the Civil War. It's called Hunter Station and you can read about it here.  It is really quite interesting!

At one point there was a kind-of creepy guy on the trail.  Have you ever had that experience where the vibes coming off someone just said, "not right"?  I decided to cut my ride back short by going behind a school (a shortcut only locals know about) rather than press on through the more desolate part of the trail. As I turned around to go back to that turn-off, the guy was coming back up the trail, after having passed me going the opposite way earlier.  He didn't follow me on the turn, but I was keeping an eye out and noting every yard I was behind that had people in it so I could yell.

I hate when that happens.

Anyway, I'm a little sunburned, a lot tired, and much more blonde than I was before I went to see Tyler.

A good day.


Mary said...

There is a part of our greenway that creeps me out. It's behind a not-so-good neighborhood. glad you're okay!

The Bug said...

Yes I've had that vibe before - it's kind of scary & gives me quite an adrenaline rush.

I tried to reply to your comment on my blog but my mail server is down. Here's what I said:

This one (poem) took a little doing - the first verse just flowed, but after I had the thought about food fight it took forever to get the last verse in there in any kind of serious tone :)