9 MilesBecause I was so wiped out from our trip and had a backlog of work to do, I was only able to sneak out once this week and do a ride. I went to Two Moon Park and enjoyed the dry parts of the park although I did encounter some muddy sections. I went back to the spot where I found the fox den hoping to see the kit foxes again. No luck there so I turned down a trail called Fox Trot. Out of the grass jumped a large adult red fox. I followed it down the trail for at least 100 yards before it ducked back into the grass. I'd always wondered why the trail was called Fox Trot. At least I have an experience now to explain it.
I slept in this morning and since I didn't have any real plans for today and Sarah didn't feel like riding at the time, I decided to take the road bike out and get some mileage in. I did the Pryor Creek loop. I really need to find out what kind of elevation change I encounter along this ride because it seems like all but about 8 miles is hills, and not gradual ones either. I am pooped now and have been since I got back. It was a nice ride but I felt that I was battling a head or a cross wind almost the entire ride except, of course, on the flats. On the way up the last hill I encountered a huge snake sunning on the road. It wasn't a rattler but it was big enough that I gave it a wide girth.
On a different note, I just turned over 2,500 miles on my road bike toady. I should have been months ago but I've been busy on Saturdays and have enjoyed playing too on the mountain bike. In 2,500 miles (and two years) I have changed the chain once and bought new handle bar tape and desperately need to re-wrap the handlebars. I have also gone through two water bottle cages and serviced the bike twice. I only mention it because on my next ride on my mountain bike I will turn over 4,000 miles in just over 3 years. I have a long list of things I've had to replace on that bike.