Heather and I finally had a weekend all to ourselves. For some reason, it seems like we've had something going on every weekend for months. On Saturday, we were finally able to start tackling the years of neglect that our yard has endured. We were out there most of the afternoon with Heather clearing the retaining wall/planter, with the exception of me cutting out a few saplings, and me trimming bushes and trees and raking out the flower beds, which were filled with a very thick layer of leaves and pine needles. I took the back seat out of the CJ7, lined it with a tarp, and we made three trips down to the community brush pile. We worked pretty hard, but have barely made a dent. The joys of home ownership.
We decided that Sunday would be the day that Heather got out on a mountain bike again. She enjoyed the road riding we did in Cincy, but the mountain biking freaked her out a bit. She said she'd like to give it another go, but start out on some tamer stuff, so we headed to DuPont to do a short loop of mainly service roads. We started out at the Guion Farms parking area, and pieced together a loop starting out on Tarkiln and coming back on Buck Forest, with stops at Wintergreen Falls and Thomas Cemetery. It was a perfect day for a ride, and Heather did great. I think she enjoyed herself, too.
A few pics from the ride: