Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hungry for a Saturday ride, I was awake early and on the trail before 5:30, having Hawes to myself on sun rise. Feeling less ambitious once I started riding I was going to have to push to motivate unfortunately. The morning started off smooth and I was going to mix things up but then decided to take the easy way out and do my standard loop. Slightly defeated I crossed the road where the trouble began, there were millions of little flies hovering the traail. I noticed them on the other side a little but they were quite terrible now. Without sun glasses I was a hopeless victim eventually and uncomfortably caught two in my eye. That set the tone for the rest of the ride as I went into survival mode with my head tilted down to use my visor against them and my eyes squinted, still at slow speed they were smacking my face and entire body. I continued on and finished my loop and after crossing the street they were far less present. But by now I had a very irritated right eye that was growing quickly uncomfortable from bug guts or me trying to get them out. I made the car a little frustrated but in one piece. My eye continued to be very umcomfortable for all day, lesson learned.