One of the things I love most about cycling is the variety of things I get to see – often stuff I would never notice if travelling in car. Sometimes it borders on the “most unusual” (more on that later), and sometimes the simply ordinary. But riding in rural Tennessee, there is never a shortage of cattle in the landscape. Lots and lots of cattle.
Today I had two short-ish rides. First a solo road ride close to home, along one of my favorite roads with plenty of green pasture and grazing Holsteins. Typical lovely sunny day out in the country, until I had quite the (hilarious) surprise. Let’s just say as I was riding by one of the few houses along the road, I apparently startled a man who was out sunbathing – and I’m not so sure he was even minimally clothed, judging by the way he grabbed his towel and made a dash for his back door. I’m not saying it wasn’t a little pervy, but honestly, I found it pretty hilarious. I think he was genuinely mortified, and I really didn’t see much other than a flash of tan buttocks. Maybe it was just a tan Speedo? 😉 I don’t think anyone driving by would have ever noticed him … but simply because I was travelling slower than your average car, well, let’s just say it was quite a surprise! LOL.
Mark got home from a week’s travel, and we headed over to our favorite Mexican spot for dinner. They’ve recently started bringing in a Mariachi Band on Friday nights, so we had some music along with our dinner. They were actually not too bad … and quite genial guys, turning to let me take a few pictures. (Not sure why I had my camera in my bag, but I did.)
The evening was so nice that I talked Mark into a short low-key ride just up our road. Slow and casual ride, beautiful evening, more cows. Kids playing ball at the little league field. (No naked men anywhere – lol).
Tomorrow starts the annual mulch-a-thon around our house. The boys and their band are playing at a small venue in Chattanooga in the evening. Hoping to find some time to squeeze in a ride… not going to miss a day.