It was 61 degrees F and partly cloudy at a little after 5 this morning as I departed for the Kickapoo Rail to Trail bike trail and points east.
At last I made it I made it out before sunrise! At last I had a bike ride! My early hours have be taken lately with other activities, and this was my first time out for days, as well as on the KRT since any native prairie plants had started to bloom.
Oh, the early morning sky!
Saw not one but two foxes, neither of which photographed well enough to bother trying to show the dots to indicate their presence.
Stopped at the edge of Weaver Park, where there were lots of orange butterfly milkweed in bloom
as well as other other early summer flowers I didn’t take time to photograph.
At the beginning of the KRT trail, stopped to view the sunrise!
Was glad to see it after having missed it for so long.
Soon after passing Walmart rode through the little wooded stretch that still was a little dark.
Got into the soothing rhythm of pedaling straight ahead, on and on through the subtly changing landscape. Got a view of the corn with clouds above.
Rode as far as Full’s Siding then turned back.
Saw fewer prairie flowers than I expected (no spiderwort to speak of!?). But this feral hollyhock was striking.
Near High Cross Road and the beginning of the trail I turned back to see the sun well clear of the horizon but still low in the spreading clouds
Stopped to get a view of the weedy but stately mullein.
And returned home to take up the rest of the day.