Had another good beach ride yesterday morn. The sun was out and the lake was calm. I got to visit an old freind too. There are many ways that a good ride is good. Maybe you had good legs that day or you were with some good friends. Or both. There’s a little story behind the three pics above and how yesterdays ride was epic.

Back in the day we had some land next to the State Park that we rode in. Been doing so for years. A lot of people walked it too. It was all adjacent to the State Park so it got pretty common to walk and ride in. Then about four years ago the owner of the land, a local business, stopped all use. It’s a kinda a big deal right now and a long story but I won’t go into that. Anyway, everyone got kicked out. And its their land so they have the right and it is what it is. 

Anyway, there were some nice trails on that land like I said, many would use. And every year about this time someone would carry in all the needed things to decorate this random tree on the trail. In the middle of the woods. It was just so cool to ride up to this tree every Holiday season. Nobody could ride past it without stopping. It just made me feel good that someone would take the time to do this for others to see. I never knew who did that but I would like to shake their hand. It was so cool. Just reminded me there was still cool people in this world.

So fast forward to this year, yesterday in fact. As I rode on the beach past this land like we always do now I just wondered what it looked like in there as it has been so long. I know Im not supposed to but I rode over the sand dunes to take a peek. As I looked around I saw a trail cam so I gave it a friendly wave as I exited. Then I saw the tree. Everything around it looked different but I recognized it immediately. And a million memories came flooding. I had to just ride over to it quick for one last pic. At some point in time it just might get cut down if the owners start to clear the land. So one more quick visit. Of course it was not decorated and I can’t believe how fast its grown. It’s much bigger. As soon as I got back to the store I looked for the old pics and found them. Memories.

So yeah, it was a good ride. And Im well aware writing this on a public forum might get me in trouble with the land owners. I hope not. My defence will be where I entered the woods I saw no signage. And it was just a quick peek. But I hope I dont need to lawyer up. 

But even if I do it was so worth it.


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