“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.”
Last week, my biking buddy and I faced a few obstacles on the trail – animals, vegetation, slippery mud, water traps, hills and tree roots poking through the pavement.
As any biker knows, obstacles can create a dangerous situation if attention is not paid to what’s ahead.
During our week-long escapade, we encountered hopping frog alley, flying grasshopper alley, scurrying bunnies and chipmunks, wild turkeys, greasy mud patches and muddy waters (from downpours Wednesday night), steep hills, tree branches, eroding pavement and black walnuts.
Black walnuts. These things.
I started to call them “landmines.” At first, I thought they were small, rotting green apples, but biking buddy corrected me. Black walnuts are not prevalent in Appleton, but evidently they love the bluff country of Minnesota. We did not love them on the trail, but our hybrid tires were able to handle the punishing crunchiness of their outer shell.
Regarding steep hills…
They are thigh burners on the way up (we didn’t take them all), and they tend to scare me on the way down…because…landmines. I never know if there are obstacles ahead.
Or big tree branches.
I do not have photos of the frogs, grasshoppers, bunnies, chippies or turkeys because they move too fast.
Thank goodness because I would never want to crash into a turkey or squash a frog.
In spite of the obstacles on the path, biking buddy and I racked up about 122 miles of pedaling and came out mostly unscathed – except for bad hair days, sweaty armpits and a few mosquito bites, which are obstacles of an entirely different category.
If you missed the Sunday Psalm post with obstacle-free photos, click HERE.
If you are into bridges, stay tuned. I have at least one more biking post coming as soon as the obstacle of employment allows time to edit photos and type pretty words.
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