Growing up and living most of my adult life in Florida, I never really experienced seasons. It was either hot all the time, or cool for a day or two in “Winter.” We had one tree in our yard that would lose it leaves sometime in late November, and when I tried to rake a pile to jump into (like those kids I saw on TV) it was never enough. I always jumped "in" and landed on the hard, rooty ground. Fall kinda sucked.
Living in North Carolina for eight plus years though, I’ve grown to really appreciate the changing of seasons. And I think Fall is my favorite. The temps actually cool off quite a bit (and get downright chilly sometimes), the leaves changed color, and I get to put the lawnmower away until next spring. And as a bonus, backyard fires are actually nice since I’m not sweating to death trying to “enjoy” it.
Friday night fire. A tradition for us now in the Fall. A great way to start the weekend.
With such beautiful weather on tap, of course I wanted to be out on my bike somewhere. I had some things to do early Saturday morning so a trip to the mountains was out. Instead, I opted to stay local.
Rocky Branch Park over there across the river in Belmont, NC. Little Miss Sunshine had never been before, so she was down too.
Despite not being familiar with the trail, she rode it like a pro.
We stopped and worked on stuff to help build her confidence too. She can ride and all that, but I want to make sure she’s comfortable. I’m pretty sure she is.
Her form is much better than mine too.
It’s been a few months since I’d ridden there and I’d forgotten how much fun that place is. It has a little something for everyone; no matter your skill level.
The temps were perfect, the trail was in great shape, and the fall color down here in the Piedmont is in full swing. The only thing that could make it a complete day would be some awesome food and beer.
We had that covered of course.
Hell yeah. It’s nice to be happy and enjoying life again.
I could get used to this.