A Sad Tail

Biking is awesome, but it is not completely awesome. One of the major downsides of biking is getting a close-up view of road kill. Aside from their disgusting appearance and nasty smell, it is always sad to spot a dead animal on the roadside. It also begs the question, “It that what I will look like if I get swiped by a truck?” Happy thoughts indeed.

On my commute home today, I swerved to avoid a garter snake. I pulled over so I could get him off the road-I didn’t want to see his remains on my next ride. Upon closer inspection I realized he had already been injured by a car as I could see his tail was crushed. His head was battered and bloody, I am assuming from a prolonged struggle to drag his body off the road. No matter how he contorted his body he couldn’t gain enough traction to move his injured tail. DSC01424

I touched him gently and he jerked into a frightened, painful knot. Then I scooped him up using my rain jacket and set him down in the dirt beside the road. The uneven ground proved to be a easier surface for him to work with and he slithered into the grass. Poor little dude, I hope he makes it.

Well I think that’s enough depressing stuff for the day. If the weather forecast is to be trusted, tomorrow may bring fluffy white flakes of wonder to life. Time will tell.

Summer Hiking

DSC01101I spent the better part of my day hiking in the woods with some awesome people. It felt great to be with people I love, enjoying the beautiful woods. I must admit it felt kinda weird to be having conversations with people while exploring the trail, I am so accustomed to just listening to the sounds of the woods in silence. It was a good weird though!

Someday, I am gonna come back here with a mountain bike, the scenery is worth seeing again and most of the trail will be pretty easy for a inexperienced off-road biker.

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