This morning at 7:30 it was 34 degrees F, and basically clear but with thin clouds spread across the sky.
Couldn’t easily decide how to make use of this bonus time, especially in regard to this blog: LOVE the riding part but also LOVE the writing part, and considered just catching up on that. But the sky beckoned, and also I craved the aerobic exercise, that particular way of breathing while watching the landscape that really brings the world outside within and makes me feel one with it. So Discovery II and I were off!
This morning it was about the sky, and about going enough distance to keep the breath-across-the-landscape groove going a little while. And a good route to optimize that is west on Windsor Road.
Looked for evidence of the presence of lead plant around the sign for the City of Champaign Prairie Restoration, but a casual inspection did not reveal any.
Rode and rode, enjoying the breath and the landscape, made a stop at the bakery on the way for a contribution to my family’s Christmas celebration and headed toward Robeson Park, the origin of the “Phinney Branch Trail.”
Passed a crossing of what I believe was Phinney Branch and noticed how high it was.
The answer was no. Here is the first would-be crossing.
So turned around and went back, meandering through the neighborhoods of southwest Champaign toward the home stretch of Christmas. This year I feel remarkably calm and caught up, though as always did have to let go of some over-ambitious (for me!) plans.
May you have a Merry Christmas (or any special time you observe or recently already observed)!
Peace, love, good will, to all who breathe under the sky!