Wow, what a week it was. As the group of fifteen or so Chattahooligans rolled into Augusta I was a bit verklempt. The only other time I had such a feeling was seeing the Mississippi River at the end of RAGBRAI. My muscles are slowly recovering, I attempted to avoid getting a sunburn as much as possible, and the hazards of spending many hours on a bike saddle only started to arise on the final ride. We were blessed with nearly perfect weather, raining twice, both of those happening overnight, and not riding through high heat until the final day. In fact, I was cold sleeping in Thomson prior to the final day of riding. However, yesterday I saw some of the photos from BRAG, and I officially need to drop at least ten pounds.
Needless to say, WLF was (and still is) quite the mess after being away a week and apparently having no rain fall upon it. Luckily I have a programmable sprinkler that kept most things alive. I’ve eaten quite a few beans, squash, and potatoes the past two days. Last night’s rain and wind also did a number by toppling over the tomato and squash plants. I may have to spend some time in WLF cleaning things up today.
I found out last night that Second Self Brewing is closing its doors at the end of the month. The craft brewing market is (finally?) starting to contract. Recently Orpheus Brewing closed, Tantrum Brewing sold to another craft brewery (NoFo), and Burnt Hickory Brewing closed its taproom (which I think is a predecessor to its closing).
I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was SWIPE.