My holidays from work are not going as I had envisioned them. I've been sick / bad allergies all weekend / week so far and I've been hiding out inside the house. I kicked my ass into high gear and took way too much allergy medication and headed out the door for a ride. I decided to keep it local at Turkey Point so that if I bonked, I could head back home without much time wasted in the road.
I felt good on the bike, everything was clicking for me, finally. It was a hot one and the lack of rain around here had made it quite dusty and loose. Some corners are turning into beach sand and the dust is brutal. We need rain. Deer flies are also out in full force on the West Side.
I spotted alot of wildlife today. First a little Fawn out in the dump property, then some raccoons on an afternoon stroll near the Anderson Tract (they didn't seem too happy to see me, lots of teeth and scary noises, must have been grumpy to be up at that hour), and a doe in the old Fish Hatchery pond.
Took a few more "cool" shots out in some of the new trails in the Norfolk property.
And on a more serious note.... a bit of a Bikin' Bric PSA. Next time you are out in Turkey Point fending off ticks and keeping out of the Poison Ivy, be on the look out for Giant Hogweed. Its here. It has only been spotted in the creek that crosses under the bridge on the lower side of Rainbow Ridge (on route to the Anderson Tract / Pail Trail). No not touch this shit, it gets nasty and has life altering consequences if you do touch it.
Did I mention it was dusty? We NEEEEED a rain!
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.