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Thursday May 23 #

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Did some biking with Tyler in the late morning, mostly south of town. It was very pleasant out, sunny with some breeze, and the prairie was spring green.

I ran in the afternoon, and by then the sun had gone behind clouds, the wind had picked up, and it felt like some cooler air was arriving. But still, at home, nothing, just a little less nice. So I ran in shorts, and, at the last moment, changed out of a short sleeved t-shirt to a long sleeved shirt, and wore a jacket.

Earlier in the week I had been looking at some lidar covering some of the ski trails at Happy Jack, and had noticed what looked to be like three possible pits that I had never seen before. All 3 were on the small side compared to a typical, average sized prospect pit. My experience has been is that some of these things prove out, and some of them turn out to be nothing. For this run, I had printed out the lidar image and planned to check the possible pits, just because I was curious.

Up top, conditions proved to be different. It was much windier--the highway sign outside of town warned of 55+ mph wind. And decidedly chillier. It really would have been nice to have some gloves on. For that matter, some long pants or a warmer jacket (or both!) would have been nice. But I figured I would warm up once I got started, and once I got in the trees the wind wouldn't be as much.

So, off I went up the trail. And, yeah, the wind wasn't as bad in the trees, but I didn't really warm up all that much, and my hands definitely didn't warm up any. I found possible pit #1 in a thicker portion of forest with lots of fallen trees, so actually seeing the pit and getting to it took more effort than you might guess. Pit #2 was there, too, and in a bit of semit-open area, so no problem.

And then, on to #3? No. I turned around, because the wind went up another increment, and, for added fun, now it was snowing, and rather than getting warmer, now I was getting colder. I was happy to get back to my truck and climb in out of the wind, turn on the heat, and drive home.

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