Hightlights of my overnighter from last night:
Making it into work yesterday in my fastest time ever, on a loaded Fargo with Gordo Disc rims. Yes, I had a heavy tailwind!
Riding on the River Trail dirt again for the first time in many, many months. The last time I rode down there it was in preparation for the Arrowhead Ultra. That night it was 10 below zero, snow covered everything, and my toes were getting a bit numb after 5 hours of riding. How sweet is it to have sunlight, dirt, grass, and warmth again.
Running into an old friend from the bike race scene whom I hadn't seen for probably 8 years. Good to see you're still riding a bike Joe.
The territorial beaver repeatedly slapping his tail at me when I entered his neck of the woods.
One immature and two grown-up bald eagles fishing the river.
The owl and eagle hoot-off/screech-off at dusk.
Watching the shifting patterns of clouds in the sky as the sun set...until one took on a skull sort of look that made me pause for a moment.
The rain shower in the night passing quickly.
The simplicity and functionality of an alcohol stove.
The sun coming up over the horizon this morning and poking through the trees.
Spinning easily on the dirt on the way back to the office this morning, feeling refreshed.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.