This morning I was late leaving the house for my daily ride. I wrote a little complaint on the Atomic Zombie Forum about the heat forecast and posed the question about where others found motivation to ride during the summertime.
This morning I left the house at 9:00 am and temperature was already 85 and the humidity about 70%. I knew the forecast for today was for 103 degrees. Our first day of 100+. The heat hit me in the face as soon as I opened the door. Still, I had the attitude that I could do this. I normally ride about 15 miles but today I cut my ride short and headed home with only about 10 miles. I’m climbing the long hill back to the house at about 5 mph, no wind blowing, no clouds floating by to give a few minutes of relief from the sun.
I topped the hill and head down my last 200 yards before my driveway when there it was. A juvenile road runner in the road. We were both surprised and neither of us made a move to avoid the other for what seemed a long while. Finally it took off across the road into the pasture across the road from my place.
I’m fortunate to see wildlife most days that I ride. I’ve been watching a hawk carry food back to it’s nest for a couple of weeks. East Texas is blessed with many species of birds that I see daily either when I ride or while sitting at my computer station. A couple of days ago, a young jack rabbit allowed me about 10 minutes to watch him take a sand bath. I watched as he kicked sand in the air, rolled on his back and scratched and shook himself oblivious of my presence. I saw two red ear slider turtles laying eggs this spring.
Jack rabbits and road runners are not seen often in our area. I feel blessed to have seen both this past week. I know it will be hot tomorrow when I go ride, but I can hardly wait. I’ll just need to start leaving earlier.
I hope you find your motivation to ride this summer.