April 17

82 deg f
17 miles
1295 days left

The weekend was off to an exciting start.
I decided to take Saturday off the bike to get some yard work done. I headed out to the pump house to get the weed eater. As I got to the pump house I see two lizards run under the door and go inside. I open the door and see the lizards, tell them it's not a good place to be. I then reach for the Weed Eater and Whoa, I pull my hand back, Large Black snake is coiled around the weed eater. I make a little noise and he begins to slither away, he moves behind some boxes so I grab the weed eater and get to work.
No, I didn't kill the snake, it's a good Black Rat snake, eats mice, need more like him, not to mention it's a beautiful snake.

I start weedeating, run out of string, stop and put on more string, weed eater throws a rod, guess I wasn't supposed to weed eat today.

I decide to crank up the lawn mower and mow the grass, luckily the mower works fine and I get the yard mowed.
So I guess Saturday was a semi successful day, didn't get snake bit, got the yard mowed and now I've got to get a new weed eater.

Sunday was a better day, I went for a bike ride and then to Teresa's for diner and kicked back for the rest of the day.

Black Rat Snake

82 deg f
28 miles
1298 days left

I had a productive day today. I got up this morning and actually vacumed the house. At noon I met up with Rodney, Jerry, Roger and Jim for a 28 mile ride from Linden to Avinger and back. I enjoyed the ride, good shoulder but a bit rough and the traffic was a bit much but all in all a good ride.
The flowers along the roadside are really looking good, yellow was the color of the day, prime time for flowers.

Photo below from Jerrys cell phone, me and Roger

74 deg f
17 miles
1299 days left

I went to the gym this morning and then got me in a 17 mile bike ride in the afternoon.
I discovered on my ride that if you spray pepper spray be sure and spray it downwind.
I was riding a backroad when an agressive dog came after me so I got out my pepper spray. I'd already got this dog before so it was cautious. I decided to give him a short blast as a reminder, I wasn't sure it worked, so I checked it with a short squirt, only trouble is I was moving forward and I sprayed into the wind, it blew back on my glove, glad it didn't blow back on my face.
When I got to Linden I stopped at the Dollar store for some raisins, while enjoying my raisins I wiped my forward with my gloved hand, yeah, that one. My forehead started burning and it was close to my eye, tried to wipe it off but I think I spread it, this is not good. I go into the store and use their bathroom to try and wash it off, that stuff stays with you.

So I learnt not to spray upwind and I'm not going to spray dogs unless totally necessary, this pepper spray is Brutal.

Later in the evening I was walking the trail around my property when I ran upon to baby animals, not sure what they were, maybe coons, they may have fallen from a tree, not sure. They were in rough shape, I went back to the house to get a box and some water thinking I would try to help them. I did get just a bit of water into their mouths with an eye dropper, I decided to leave them and let nature take its course. I hope the mom returns for them but it doesn't look good, a real puzzleer, I doubt they'll make it through the night.
It's a rough world out there.

71 deg f
1325 days left

Today has been a Bla day, rain this morning, cloudy and cool all day.
I've just been lazy, good day for it and I have been rather active lately.

Last week me and a friend, Robert, went on a hiking and camping trip to the Hill Country of Texas. The towns included, Bandera, Medina, Leakey, and Camp Wood.
We got in some good hiking, met some fine folks and enjoyed the Beautiful Countryside.

Click on image below for all photos from my "Hill Country Hiking trip"