Congratulations, the world has returned to â€œnormalâ€. At least thatâ€™s the conclusion to which Iâ€™d come from the lack of precaution being shown by the people I saw and hung out with this weekend. I must also shoulder some blame because I too was lax on occasion.
That being said my weekend was fun, and completely exhausting.
It all started very early on Saturday morning, around 4am, when I once again heard a noise coming from somewhere outside the house. It was an animal sound with which I was unfamiliar. The animal continued to call out well past 7am, so I decided to go outside on my deck to take a look. This weekâ€™s East Atlanta wild animal sighting was a fox, rambling though a few backyards, including my jungle! Oh boy. Whatâ€™s up for next Saturday? A deer? A coyote? A bear?
I ignored the fox and went on a short walk with Betsy. Because Betsy had to be home by 10:15am I was able to scurry back home and get on my mountain bike and meet up with the gang headed out to ride the Beltline. Thatâ€™s right, I finally lost my â€œfullâ€ Beltline virginity! The ride was interesting, very difficult due to the mud, and had to be altered since we couldnâ€™t ride the CSX rails due to security. While washing my bike yesterday morning I discovered the battle with â€œchain suckâ€ that I experienced toward the end may have been caused by an apparently-broken front derailleur. After 20 years? Donâ€™t we build things to last any more?
Yesterday Bonnie and I drove (!) together (!!) wearing masks (!!!) all the way to Cartersville (!!!!) for Black Sheep. The trail was difficult and I struggled from Saturdayâ€™s ride, the weather, and having to go around and up steep hills filled with big rocks. After being out for over two hours Bonnie and I shortcut to the end, apparently missing two of the three tunnels on trail. Oh well, I was exhausted and was ready to be done. Iâ€™m liking A-to-A Black Sheep trails, though Surly says weâ€™ll be doing A-to-B trails again in July. Upon arriving home I had enough energy to empty the car, shower, and eat a bowl of leftover spaghetti before passing out.
Hope your weeks was a rewarding, and that you are remaining healthy.