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Not every year, but maybe most, there seems to be a single day where you can definitively say that summer has ended and fall has begun. Often, but not always, that change comes in on a wind. Summer gets blown out as fall is being pushed in. Or so it feels.





For us that day arrived a few weeks ago. Heavy winds brought down metric tons of pine needles in the afternoon, blowing out the last of the smoke, and us follicly-challenged folks wouldn't dream of leaving the house without a toque the next morning. Nor any morning since.



Sharp mornings, mild mid-days, and delightful afternoons have followed. It is such a stunning time of year to be outside soaking it all in.





Seed feeders that have been sparsely attended the past few months are suddenly filthy with siskins and nuthatches again, while deer, turkeys, (nice) marmots, chipmunks, squirrels, and elk meander through and hoover up that which has spilled to the ground.





Jeny and I set out yesterday with the goal of simply being outside. If we could close a loop with some new-to-us trail? Well, that'd be the gravy atop the taters.



Hours of climbing unspooled beneath our wheels easily, courtesy of mellow-for-Idaho grades and a complete lack of traffic. We shared the duff-covered ascent with quail, grouse, cerulean skies, and no one else.





I'm certain that I've never ridden anywhere with a similar composition of maple, scrub oak, ponderosa, manzanita, aspen, fir, and old-man's-beard. Neat.



A monolith within an old-growth grove greeted us at the high point, silently tolerating us clambering all over her in search of the sweetest smelling spot.





And then we swooped and carved, shucked and jived, manualed and surfed, savoring the breeze on our cheeks until there was nowhere left to descend.





We need to replace our furnace, split and stack a cord, and lay up a winter worth of kindling yet. We are -- in the same moment -- both excited for and not yet ready for winter.

But after this one exquisite fall ride, I couldn't be disappointed if it ended tomorrow.

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Mike, the typical great photos and a few words to accompany them are good stuff. The "fall is in the air" morning temps are here, without a doubt. Fat bikes pick up on that and want to play in snow!

Thanks for sharing another...
 

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Fall is upon us here in Wisconsin as well. These are the hay days of outdoor activity. You can smell it and feel it, and it's fun to hear others talk about it. Bugs are all but gone, humidity low, and trails partially hidden by fallen foliage.

Fall is a busy time here as well, getting everything ready to be covered in snow and frozen. That reminds me, I've got a lot to do to get ready as well.
 

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Fall is upon us here in Wisconsin as well. These are the hay days of outdoor activity. You can smell it and feel it, and it's fun to hear others talk about it. Bugs are all but gone, humidity low, and trails partially hidden by fallen foliage.

Fall is a busy time here as well, getting everything ready to be covered in snow and frozen. That reminds me, I've got a lot to do to get ready as well.
I believe you are a couple hours west of me. Leaves are pretty much all down by me but the bugs seem to still be hanging around. Temps have been warm here in NC WI. Not remembering the last time I experienced mosquitoes in October.

Nice pics Mike. Thanks for sharing.
 
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