Oct 29, 2007

roxboro...

put about a hundred miles on the bike yesterday... had a chance to get out for a couple hours. i quickly plotted out a short loop that would take me on some new roads...

checked the outside temps before heading out - was about 60... forecast called for sunny skies - which didn't quite materialize. seemed i was always heading into darker clouds, wondering if it was going to start raining. i was prepared if it did...

ride was nice. saw some nice views of the leaves changing colors, but not as much as i would have thought. most of the trees were already looking bare. guess the drought had something to do with that...

did manage to see a deer cross the road in front of me - about two hundred yards. a single deer, crossing from right to left. then i start thinking, where there's one, there's more... as i approach, the deer stops in an open field, about thirty yards from the side of the road, and looks back. okay - i'm looking around for the rest of the pack... i'm slowing, looking everywhere as i pass the point where the deer crossed the road. i don't see anything but the deer run off. was glad not to see more deer. another reminder deers are rampant now and to be careful...

anyway, a couple pics from the ride. and a link to the ride map if you want to see the route - this one in orange...




one other interesting thing... or maybe it isn't that interesting... i noticed just inside the tree line where i stopped to take these pictures were a whole mess of rusted cans. about fifty of them. they looked about the size of the cans oil came in many years ago. i shuffled a half buried one with my foot and sure enough, that's what it was... the tell sign of the u-shaped opening in the front brought back memories of opening oil cans by shoving the funnel into the top of the can, piercing the lid. if i was lucky, i would get the funnel in straight. most of the time, though, i ended up getting oil everywhere!!

peace...