Photos pretty much tell the story by themselves, and I’ll let them do that momentarily.
As a preface, it was one of my favorite loops I call the Greenwood Loop. It is about 48 miles long and is generally southwest of my house. It includes multiple long stretches of gravel, separated by rough chip-seal county roads. Today, after a period of rainfall, there was a lot of recently “maintained” gravel sections with fresh, loose, chunky stuff. It was a bit slow going in spots. The sun looked and felt great after many days of gray, and the wind was strong. Except the wind was not strong down in low-lying Greenwood which was an ideal spot to brew up some fresh coffee. It was pre-dawn start, which is quite unusual for me in winter.
To Mrs. Pondero’s disappointment, I didn’t get photos of the pack of Chihuahuas that gave chase, the pair of Border Collies that attempted to herd me somewhere, or the lonely All American that followed me a few miles, crossed a (relatively) busy state highway, and finally fell too far behind.
Besides the negligent omission of canine photos to tell the whole story, the rest of the outing looked a lot like this…