09/12/06

Location =  Cibolas National Forest  
Distance =  20.93
Time =  2:53:53
Ave. Speed =  7.2
Max. Speed =  24.0
Monthly Dist. =    122.58
Yearly Dist. =  2481.49

I took the mountain bike out after work, and tried to get back in to the pedal of things, after my big disappointment, last weekend. I went the hard way, up Turkey Trot trail, and managed to clear the first really hard section. I felt strong, and put it to good use. I had to dismount at the second really hard section, but I'm making progress. I continued the ride, going down 236, and then heading back up Otero Canyon. I needed my headlight to begin the climb back up.

I took a short break where trail 56, and 236, intersect. It's an area about mid-mountain, that is a bit of a plateau, and mostly bushes. My headlight lit up a pair of eyes, about a quarter of a mile away. The eyes didn't have that greenish tint, that deer eyes seem to have, but rather it was yellowish tint, that cat eyes have. They were pretty far away, so I didn't concern myself too much with them. After a few seconds they looked away, and then they came back again. Shortly thereafter, a second set of eyes appeared a little bit to the right of the first set, which caused my to get on my bike, and put some distance between me and those eyes. I'm not sure what creatures they were attached to, and I didn't want to find out.

I took the 236 bypass on the way back, and saw these mushrooms just off of the trail. They seemed to jump off of the forest floor, when the light of my headlamp hit them. I looked around frequently, while I was stopped, to make sure that nothing was following me. At the same time, a hoot owl was going crazy, hooting non-stop for at least five minutes. I don't know if he was hooting at me, or something else, but I've never heard anything like it. It was kind of eerie.

I came back to Mars Court, on trail 49, and then headed for home. It was a beautiful evening, with temps in the 60s and 70s, and millions of stars in the sky.



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