Tuesday, July 19

Yes, I am repetitive and boring.

These are photos of yesterday's downed tree. I was able to get under the branch with no trouble, so I did.

Today was much more adventurous. I checked radar before heading out and it looked to me like the rain would hold off till about 9:15am. I left at 6:30am. When I neared the area where cows are usually out, cows were out and on the trail. 7 of them, 4 mamas and 3 calves. So I pondered a bit and decided I was not letting them decide my route for me. I started ringing my little bike bell and they started moving down the trail ahead of me at a meandering pace. They did keep moving as long as I kept hitting the little bell. Finally, we reached the crossroad and they moved off the trail and I was able to get by. I went my longer route that I so dearly love and at my turnaround point I noticed the sky was darkening and then I saw a big lightning strike off in the distance so decided to pick up the pace. I came down that hill to the river faster than I ever have. I met two people headed out instead of back. I asked the first one if she was aware of the weather. She said she was and would probably shorten her ride. I asked the next one, a man and he said yes, smiled and went on his way. I finished riding hard for me. I averaged 5.35 mph on the entire ride.  I made it home just as the first drops came down.

We have had 5 inches of rain in the past 3 days and I have seen several rotted out trees down. It has made me more aware of the ones still standing that are next in line to fall.

Every day is different on the trail.

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