With temperatures in the upper 70s and unseasonably low humidity, Tom and I ditched Saturday’s running plans for the chance to enjoy a long bike ride on Eastern Jackson County’s Little Blue Trail. In the end, it didn’t disappoint — though there were a few bumps along the way.
We headed south around 3 p.m. from the trail’s Ripley Junction Shelter parking lot. The idyllic weather drew a slew of runners and cyclists, and the trail was buzzing with fellow fitness freaks.
We rode eight miles out and eight miles back for a total of 16 miles. The final eight were tough for 10-year-old Tom.
He was certain the ride was uphill both ways. And he couldn’t understand why there was so much afternoon sunshine — more than usual, he was certain.
As we relayed the trail adventure to Kate several hours after returning home, Tom looked back on his moaning and groaning with a grin and chuckle. But he was a real bear those last few miles.
All in all, though, it was a great day on the trail. Tom’s already talking about our next ride, on which he wants to set a new record and log at least 17 miles.
Kate and Tom’s half marathon training plan calls for a five-mile LSD today, which we hope to squeeze in after church. I’m looking forward to another nice day on the road.
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