“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

Didn’t have much time for a trail experience today. Here in Junction when that’s the case you hit the trail closest to home. Today I did that and did a little run at what we have lovingly termed the “Secret Stash“.

Dave and I had just come out of a meeting with the USFS gentlemen and had some catching up to do. Of course I had already been on the bike (trainer, in my kitchen, answering emails…etc…) for an hour, and was feeling under the weather (pun intended…inversion, get it?). So I wasn’t up for a very challenging run. That being the case I should have reconsidered going with Dave. Just like if I ever want and “easy” bike ride I don’t go with Dennis. These boys just have no idea how hard I have to push myself to keep up.

So anyway, we ran up some double-track, choose some singletrack alternates, climbed to the top, and came back down. That’s the beautiful thing about this area of trails- I have been there many times, ridden for hours, and never done the same route twice. You don’t have to- the network is expansive. And though the climbs are mostly gradual, you can get a fair amount of climbing in just running up and down the hills.

The highlight of the run was something so unfamiliar to me: the joy of dogs. You see, I’m not really a pet person. I did have a fish once. His name was Guido. He died. Like most fish. That was the termination of my experience with pets. I could go on and on about the many other reasons (mostly dealing with my family and how they deal with pets), but I’ll spare you.

Well, I’ve come to not only tolerate Piedra and Yampa, but to even, at times, appreciate them. Today their joy at being on the trail absolutely won my heart. These girls ran, smiling, down the trail, exploring, enjoying the freedom of the open space. It was unabashed, unadulterated pleasure. It was infectious.

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