Trail Riding in the Heat

I can’t shoot all day long.  I shoot a lot, several hours a day on most days. When I’m taking a break from archery I don’t sit around – there’s too much adventure to be had. Between archery sessions today I headed out on my mountain bike for some trail riding excitement.

Riding my mountain bike in the heat of the day was a blast – of heat.  I didn’t get into the woods until 2:30 PM.  It was a warm 97 degrees.

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I loaded my bike at home and drove it 26 miles away to the “hunting” property.  There are logging trails throughout the 879 acres. Excellent for off road cycling.

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The scenery this time of the year is vastly different from the fall and winter. These woods were at times thick and dark.  Other parts of the woods were bright and sunny.

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The Georgia red clay, ubiquitous here, was hard and cracking under the heat. Small puddles were surrounded by tracks of the locals trying to get a sip or dip.

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The paths led from hard red clay to thick underbrush.

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Some of the tracks I passed showed me that there is a new crop of fawns growing in these woods.

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Riding down the main path I approached “Buzzard Tower.”  In the fall buzzards hang out there, I didn’t see one in this heat.

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Occasionally the trails were overgrown and plowing ahead provided a few scrapes and cuts.

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Despite the heat, it was a great few hours of trail riding.

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