My goodness -- how many bizarre references can a writer pack into a single paragraph? Let's see if I can get my odyssey back on track! Where was I? Oh, yes. Suitably attired ... I tackled the Charlemont Challenge. Heading up Gunstock Creek Road, I startled a herd of 8-10 yearling deer. They bounced down off the right slope of the road, across, up the left slope, over the crest, then down a bit in graceful flying leaps. Then away, white tails waving. Soon thereafter, Laura (Davis) Poole, a classmate from Ferrum College, came down the hill as I was going up. The license plate -- TLK2HIM -- makes it easy to recognize her car.
The wind played on, whimsically changing direction. Sometimes friend, sometimes foe. When the sun was at my back, the rich blue of the sky nearly glowed.
Charlemont -- the hills aren't as steep this year. Oslin Creek Road had some patches of new gravel to watch out for. Hurricane Drive -- and into the headwind. Forced to take easier gears than usual. My stamina needs working on. The first half of the last mile was the hardest part of the trip.
But, we made it. And now the weather is even more inviting. But I have promises to keep ...