It was 48 (no way!) degrees F at 7:00 am under clear skies as I headed out Main Street to the Kickapoo Rail to Trail bike path. Usually I’m not a fan of doing the exact same ride so soon, but I like this trail so much just want to keep doing it and observe the subtle differences from one time to the next.
In the interest of warmth, did wear a long-sleeved shirt and my cycling windbreaker but with shorts and Keen sandals. And who would think mittens would have been useful in early September? Big mistake!
So didn’t think too much of the chill I felt stopping at Weaver Park to get some nice early-light views of tall Coreopsis,
not to mention that most handsome pairing of common goldenrod and New England aster with a foil of cup plant leaves
Figured it would get warm as I rode on.
Passed the little grove of oaks where I used to see a fox every time I rode past it on a Sunday, but for the second time (last week also) did not see one. Guess it could be hiding among the soybean plants.
Crossed High Cross Road where the trail begins and recorded a view of its terminus.
The scenery was beautiful, the Helianthus blooms as yellow as road signs,
but I was not warming up. Debated internally whether to push on or to turn back at some point short of the original destination of St Joseph.
My fingers were numb and my toes were cold (Keen sandals had been quite comfortable before today), but pushed on.
Made it to Cottonwood Road
then turned back.
But stopped for the enticing view of white masses of tall boneset among the goldenrod.
Back in town, stopped at the Walmart near the beginning of the trail and bought a pair of socks and a pair of high-vis fleece gloves.
It was too late to really get warm but was glad for the little bit of protection.
At the very beginning of the trail, just west of High Cross Road, saw a nice spray of goldenrod with contrasting thistle and stopped to catch a shot of it.
Then high-tailed it on Washington Street