But First, A Weather Report
According to Cycle365 Weather Alarmist, Storm Chaser Greg, April weather has been generally pretty shitty. (He asked me to point out that he is the only Minnesota weatherman who, so far, has the guts to use that meteorological phrase in the public media.) A warming trend will be moving in tomorrow, but today we can expect more clouds, more wool cap and glove temperatures, and possibly rain. At least there will be minimal wind and no stinking snow. Now back to your regular programming.
The Guided ATV Tour
No, I haven’t gone plum crazy. I’m not driving one of those glorified golf carts with big engines and huge, knobby tires. MY all-terrain vehicle is The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong. My bike can take me almost anywhere, and the proof is in the pictures.
Yes, my all-terrain vehicle will go wherever I steer it. Pretty impressive, yes?
We took a short break at the park’s gathering center. It’s a LEED certified building, which means it meets a bunch of standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, and use of sustainable construction materials. A LEED certified building is not required to have weeds & vines growing on the roof and siding, but it does make it LOOK more environmentally friendly.
When I went back to retrieve my bike, a woman came out from the building and asked, “are you here for the guided tour of the park?”
“No, I’m just out riding my bike,” I replied, “and I thought I’d take a few pictures.” I hadn’t developed my theme for this ride yet, but if I would have I could have replied, “No, I’m conducting my own guided tour of the park right now.” That would have been pretty funny to me, but pretty bizarre to her.
“Isn’t it kind of cold to be riding a bike today,” she asked?
“Not if you’re dressed for it,” I responded. Maybe I sounded like a smart ass, I don’t know.
“It’s so beautiful out there right now,” she continued. “The eagles are out.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen them,” I agreed. “And, in my opinion, this is the best time to look at the scenery — before the leaves on the trees block the view.”
I hope you enjoyed my guided tour. See you next time.