The Trinity River Pack has been getting in some good ride-time the last two weeks.
We've actually had RAIN, here in Fort Worth, and surprisingly, we enjoyed steady showers for multiple days in a row!
It was great for the lawns, the gardens and the dispositions, but it knocked us off of the single-tracks in the woods until things dried out. Mind you, we're not complaining! Having rain every afternoon and evening for a few days straight was a big treat, and we've enjoyed it!
Since the single-tracks were wet, we stayed off of them. Yes, that's an obvious hint. When the trails are wet, our pack sticks to the pavement. It's boring, but it doesn't cause trail damage. So, we sucked it up and rode the Trinity. We even had Seth and Elizabeth out with the pack for the first time.
Luke and I took our cycles, Seth and Elizabeth bladed. Neither of them had been on the trail before, so it was a new experience for them. I've bladed it almost as many times as I've ridden it, and I was happy that this time I had other skaters to take pictures of. The hard part was staying ahead of them, then stopping, focusing, and taking off again to put some distance between us, so I could get the next shot.
The temperature was perfect for the outing. We do a long ride because we'd gotten a late start. It's 3 miles round trip from the trail head to the downtown bridge. Seth and Elizabeth kept a quick pace, and when the ride was over, Seth said he felt great and still had tons of energy. I feel the same way after I've been blading. I tend to feel tired after cycling, but blading keeps me charged for hours.
The next afternoon, Skywalker, Andrew and I went out again, and started at the same trailhead. Andrew had only ridden north from this spot, so we headed south again, following the same route we'd ridden the day before with Seth and Elizabeth.
We saw some folks setting up a running event on our way through. It was my first time to hear about it. I'd hoped to get back in time to get some shots and spot the event in an article, or here, but by the time we turned around and headed back to the trailhead, it was too late for me to get shots or interviews.
Skywalker and I had discovered some interesting changes along the trail the last time we'd ridden it. I can't say they were impressive changes. They're only expensive changes. Past being expensive, some of it is outright wrong of the city to have done it, and whoever voted for it shouldn't be getting their post back next term.
The city of Fort Worth showed yet ANOTHER stroke of brilliance, in placing a beach area, just around the bend from the destroyed marsh. It's tiny. There are two life guard's chairs, but no life guards on duty. The rope-floats have cordoned off the swimming area from the rest of the river, and at the edges of the barrier, trash floats in circles.
The disappointing views of what the city has changed along the Trinity was the only disappointment. The actual ride wasn't bad, other than it was on pavement. I worked up at least a little bit of a sweat and got winded as well.
It's been nearly a month since I last smoked, and I WISH I could say it's been much easier to breath since I quit. But, truth is, I'm not noticing any difference. No worries. I have no intentions to start it up again.
Here are some shots from the rest of the ride.
First one ...
And then the other ...
After dark ...
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