Today was awesome! The weather cooled down significantly, and Ellen and I went for a bike ride on the Hart Montague Rail Trail. It's the closest one to us, so it involves a little travel, but not too much.
A lot of it is lovely shaded sections like this one.
We rode from the north end at Hart to south of Shelby, where we took a break at Country Dairy for lunch. This is a large local dairy operation which does a big business based on their organic products with no rBST or other hormones. They used to have an ice cream stand. Now it's a full restaurant, gift shop, and educational tour program. I had a Turkey Bacon Ranch wrap and Ellen had a Turkey in the Slaw panini.
Then we rode south farther, and turned around in Rothbury. On the way back we stopped at Country Dairy again. I'm sure you know why... for ice cream! I had Nutty Java Moo, and Ellen had Mooey Gooey Fudge.
With a little digital magic, I bring you both of us and the wrong end of the cow.
All together, we rode 30 miles. Not bad, eh?
No pix, but we saw: Rose-breasted grosbeak, female goldfinches, cowbird, cardinal, song sparrow, brown thrasher, robins, and a grouse. Also saw a black swallowtail butterfly. Usually, on a bike, by the time you stop and turn the camera on the wildlife is long gone! Not many wildflowers in bloom: Hoary vetch, the cat's ear I featured a couple of days ago, and Canada anemone.
Only one word needed: wonderful!
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