Deja View.

Not much happening. Just waiting and seeing. Right now, seeing a whole lot of nothing. Before I get into it, though, right as I was writing this, I got some hugely relieving news regarding the whole COVID thing – not going to get into it (and it wasn’t me), but…whew. This is the new normal. And it’s not normal.

Mountain Outfitters Monteagle

I decided to head back up to Sewanee to bicycle the Mountain Goat Trail. It’s been exactly 3 years since the last time I pedaled there, although I’ve been to Sewanee many times for hiking and other exploring in the interim. Like everything, some good trips, some not so great. This trip was one of the good ones. 24 miles, all over Sewanee, the University of the South, and neighboring Monteagle.

The Domain

I don’t really have much to say about it – I came, I saw, I rode. There was some exploring of new places, and, of course, tasty treats. I love this area – quiet, peaceful, nice people. Lots of outdoors stuff to do, as well. I’ll probably spend the next couple of weekends here, before the weather turns cold. Even though I’ve done many things in the area, there are still a few stones to kick over, and a few stones I want to kick for a second or third time. Anything beats just sitting here watching the photos on the Echo scroll by. So, in the past month or so, more than 200 miles on the bike, at Sewanee, Sterchi Farm, Chief Ladiga, Hamilton Place and a few other rides. Everybody has to be somewhere.

I’ve also ordered a bunch of new stuff for the mountain bike. Too much to get into – but after the recent mods, and now all the new stuff inbound, the bike is going to be great for long-distance, maybe-overnight rides. Should have all the new goodies and gadgets in time for this weekend. Fingers crossed.

In other adventure-related news, I got up in the middle of the night last weekend and went for a moonlight paddle. I haven’t paddled in the dark in a while, and it was great. A little dangerous – I mean, you’re completely invisible in a kayak on the open water in the dark (but my boat does have a light on it). Only a few miles, but really cool and worth the risk. Did I mention that everybody has to be somewhere?

So, for now, I guess I’ll just keep on muddling through, coming up with COVID-friendly, socially-distanced things to do. With any luck, a week from now, everything will be more optimistic. Or maybe not. I guess we’ll see.

Links:
Sewanee Mountain Goat Trail Photo Album on Facebook
Moonlight Paddle Photo Album on Facebook