Friday, November 6, 2015

Location =  Mars Court  
Distance =  9.91
Time =  1:58:57
Ave. Speed =  4.9
Max. Speed =  21.5
Monthly Dist. =    71.67
Yearly Dist. =  927.15

I had told Joe at work that I would try and visit him on Friday, depending on how muddy the ground was. It was a little muddy in my backyard which is a bad sign, but I decided to go anyway. I could always turn around and go home if it was really bad.

Sofie and I left the house and headed for Mars Court. I stopped at the trailhead to offer Sofie some water and I started talking with a couple of forest rangers who were surveying users of the forest. I talked with them for a while and did the survey. While I was talking with them a mountain biker came up the road and told me that it was really muddy and that I shouldn't even try to go out. I still thought that the way that I was planning to go would be all right so I thanked him and rode off to find out for myself.

We started down the main road which did have some sections of severe mud but I was able to ride around the small ones. The really messed up section of road was so bad that trucks had made a detour around it by going off road and that gave me a way around the mud, as well. Piece of cake. Once we reached Cajun Pine we were home free. The trail was damp but not muddy. There were only a couple a small puddles that were easily skirted around.

I found what I thought was the trail to Joe's house, but somehow I got it wrong. I couldn't seem to follow it anywhere that wasn't a dead end. I thought it was because of disuse and a thick layer of pine needles and leaves, so Sofie and I backtracked out of there and then we rode down to the big rocks and took a break there. If we couldn't find the way to Joe's house, at least we could enjoy the forest for a little while.

As we were heading back up the trail I saw the correct trail to Joe's house. I guessed that we had enough daylight to make it to his house and still get back to ours, if we didn't stay at his too long, so off we went. We pulled into his driveway to find Joe laying under a hot rod working on adjusting the emergency brake. We talked for about 15 minutes with him staying under the car the whole time and then Sofie and I headed for home.

We went back the way we came but instead of going up the road we went on Cajun Turkey and Wild Turkey to get back to the trailhead. There weren't any mud issues on those trails. As we were leaving Mars Court I found a fancy smartphone laying in the middle of the road. It was in a place where you could tell that it had fallen off of a car on the way out. Luckily, it didn't have a password and I was able to get the owner's email address and send her a note. She was thrilled to be reunited with her phone a couple days later.

It was a mostly cloudy day with temps in the low 50s.


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