I rode my Tricross today for the first time in 3 weeks. I've been doing short rides when I had a little time on my Schwinns - the Continental and the LeTour III. I really like the Schwinns, but I had forgotten how much I like my Tricross. I rode 32 miles this afternoon, the last 21 miles in moderate rain. But with the cold, the wind, and the rain, it was still glorious to be out on the Tricross again!
Just east of my home is a horse pasture that the owner had just spread some fresh horse manure from the barn. These ring-billed gulls are recycling what the horses couldn't digest. A farmer friend of mine told me that if you want to use manure in your garden, always go with beef manure - their 4 stomachs, along with regurgitating and re-chewing their cud effectively kills most of the weed seeds in the forage they've eaten. Horses only have 1 stomach like us and their stomachs don't kill very many of the weed seeds.
The harvest is almost over for everyone one around here. The grain dryers were running at every farmstead I passed today. The corn this year was exceptionally wet, right up to the end of the harvest.
Here's the mighty Maumee River heading to Lake Erie. Actually it is more genteel at this point, it gets mightier closer to Toledo. We are east of New Haven here, looking southwest toward Fort Wayne.
Hope all of you were able to get out on your bikes this weekend.