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The Last Ride Of The Season

November 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Family Hiking In The Big Woods

Family Hiking In The Big Woods

This weekend I took what will wind up being my last bike ride of the season. How do I know this? Well, there are two reasons. First, I broke another spoke on the rear tire of my bike on the return leg. This will require another trip to the shop, so I might just as well treat my bike to a final tune-up for the season and give it a well-deserved rest until next spring. The second reason is that the National Weather Service has issued the first Winter Storm Watch of the season for Tuesday night.

Late sun on the treetops.

Late sun on the treetops.

The wind was amazingly still on Saturday when I took my ride. The leaves stayed on the trees unusually long this year. We all suspect this has to do with the late hot spell we got in September. We also suspected it had to do with the fact that up until then, we had not had one of those knock-you-on-your-keister winds that strip the trees of their leaves seemingly overnight. Then came yesterday. The wind was relentless and strong on Sunday. I suspect that I will find most of the leaves are now off the trees out at Wood-Rill.

The Forest Starting To Open Up

The Forest Starting To Open Up

It's fascinating to see how the forest transforms throughout the seasons. As it opens up when the leaves start falling, you see things that you never knew were there and you get a much different sense of the forest. The structure and topology becomes much more clear to the eye. If a person were prone to claustrophobia, the summer Big Woods forest might be a bit much for them. As fall progresses and the leaves carpet the forest floor, the Big Woods can feel much more accessible. it's as if it's opening up to you. 

I'm a die-hard Minnesotan, so I look forward to the change of seasons. I enjoy getting out in the woods during the winter. Strangely enough, I didn't have any feelings of melancholy as I put my bike up on its rack for the last time this season. Soon enough I'll be back out on the trail peddling away. For now, I'm going to enjoy snowshoeing in the Big Woods on crisp winter days.


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