Today I awoke at 5:40 am to get ready for today's journey towards Ashtabula. I laid in bed for a brief second as my legs were so tired from riding 13 more miles then I was used to yesterday, but after going to bed early I felt refreshed. I laid comfy in my bed for a few more minutes as I intently tried listening for rain drops. I of course heard nothing. Chris and I agreed yesterday, since there was a 40% Chance of rain, that we would not ride if it was raining when we woke. Not that I am weak or to much of a priss to ride in the rain, because by far I am not. It was just why be wet and miserable when we could just wait it out for a while and get our miles in when it's dry. Anyways, I jumped in the shower to get warm because it was an icebox in my house this morning which made me run a bit behind. I had not planned on having to do that this morning. After I ran around the house like a chicken with my head cut off, quickly grabbing everything, I texted Chris real quick to make sure he was still going after all he did stand me up last week and I didn't want to go through that whole mess of loading and unloading everything again. Everything was good to go, so I hugged my husband good bye and gave my baby boy a hug and kiss on the cheek while he lay asleep on the couch.
I arrived at TCTC which is where you can park, and then catch the trail about a mile down. It was cool and brisk out and it definately looked like rain, but I got all my things out and loaded up the bike and then Chris and I headed out towards Ashtabula. Glad I grabbed my windbreaker again because it sure was a bit breezy. Everything seemed to be going smoothly, the trail was nice and flat, nothing at all like riding on the Niles and Mill creek trails. Chris said they weren't flat that they seemed to be going down hill, but I tended to disagree because to me we would of been riding faster then 9mph.
When I got to a little over 7 miles into the trip, Tyler called and said that I needed to turn around because his eye was really swollen and they were going to the hospital. Jim assured me that everything was okay and that he could handle taking him and would call me as soon as he knew something. I knew right there that this bike trip was off to a start a spiraling downward events, because that is just how it works in my life lately. So
There was alot of wild life, bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, ect. and of course geese. about 6 miles from Orwell we had a bit of a goose stand off as you can see below. My heart was pounding, all I could think about was last time, and them chasing us.. but this time there was more. I didn't think it would turn out well.