|Oak Tree in Thomas Park along Boyson Trail.|
What kind of a day was Sunday?
I had urgent work to get done—a whole fall break’s worth of tasks which I had successfully avoided for most of break, which, I think, is what breaks are for. But it’s back in the saddle, pilgrim, time to ride on in the office and get some work done.
So I put some stuff in a bag and had to pick a bike to ride. Francis or Argent? Argent is more fun, and Francis needs a brake tightening—but I looked, and I did have the right wrench, and when you need to tighten a brake it’s a quick job best done when the tool is in your hand. So I fiddled with Francis a bit—cleaning some grease off the rear cogs, lubing the chain, inflating the tires. And tightening the brake. After all that, there was no choice—Francis left for work.
|Hill in Frisbee Gold Course area along Boyson Trail.|
But went the wrong way. I headed up the Bowman Woods hill for no particular reason and ended up on the Boyson Trail, which I rode all the way to Menards before turning back and then riding the side trail behind Walgreens to get to the Cedar River Trail.
By the time I got to Warde Hall, it was 14 miles later, but it felt good. It was a cool mid fall day, ideal for bike riding, even on my old pickup of a bike.
|Along trail coming back from Menards. Trees in flood plain are bare, but hill still has color.|
|Crab apple tree near Dairy Queen along Cedar River Trail in Hiawatha.|
So now I will finish this blog post. I’m not sure how many homework assignments I’ll get graded—but some. The mountain of work that awaits will be eroded at least a bit.
And, honestly, I’m not consumed with guilt over the extra nine miles. Just look what I saw.
|Sumac along Cedar River Trail.|
|It's less buggy--lots fewer gnats--but bugs are not yet done this fall. Hopper on the Cedar River Trail.|
|Got to MMU and climbed hill by library from back side just because I could. Geraniums are still in bloom near decorative fall pumpkin.|
|Decorations near library area bit disturbed, but not by human vandals. Tree rodent was climbing corn stalks to get at corn.|