I got done with a retreat at MMU at mid-day, and headed home, where I took a nap. When I woke up, I hopped on my bike and rode over to my sister’s house. I had talked with Cate earlier, and we agreed to meet for a 3 p.m. ride north on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to where the pavement ends. I had not gone north of Lafayette yet, and wanted to see what there was.
As it turned out, I got a bit lost on the way to her house due to the never-ending roadwork on 74th Street Northeast, so I was a bit late getting there. Then we headed off into the a cool fall north headwind.
Despite the wind, it was a nice day for a ride—cloudy and cool, and only a bit breezy. Around 10 miles north on the trail, the pavement ends at Schultz Road, and Cate suggested we carry on for about two more miles to stop for a break at the depot in Center Point.
So we did. I didn’t start to snap any photos until the return journey, so here they are:
|Starting out, Cate pauses near fall-looking maple in Center Point to put on gloves.|
|Headed out on crushed limestone northern part of trail. Shadows will grow!|
|Combine near road that the trail crossed. Sky is sunny with a few clouds, harvest weather.|
|Closed? Not to us. Note that across the road the trail is paved. We really, really appreciate the paved surface!|
|Near end of new paving, about to get to area of "old" paving . Note how Cate's shadow has grown.|
|On my own, after leaving Cate at home. Sun sets as I get ready to cross Boyson Road at C Avenue Northeast.|
It was indeed a fun ride. The trail pavement is indeed nice, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this northern route next summer during RAGBRAI prep. But, now it’s Saturday night and I have none of my weekend work done. Yet, I’m feeling pretty good. It just was that kind of a day.