We were up early because we wanted to eat a hearty breakfast & digest before any efforts on the bike were required. Bacon, poached eggs, and the usual coffee, which I addressed. Chris wasn’t feeling the ride (Cantelow E to W, Winters, through the orchards), but he was a real trooper. He pulled D and me down PV at a pace she swore she couldn’t have maintained w/o him. I disagreed. She’s stronger and faster — she can dominate the bike rides like she dominates the horse stuff.
Once we turned onto Putah Crreek Rd. we traded pulls, keeping the pace brisk but not taxing. We opted for Mayan Mochas at Steady Eddy’s and saw many friends come and go (new trainee, service was slow but time spent reconnecting with bike friends was well-spent). We went home through the orchards, dropped D off, and shared the work to get home. We rode 3 days in a row, a rarity lately, and we were feeling it. Glad we’re doing a weekly garage spin or this would’ve hurt much more.
And this evening, as we did Friday evening, we test-rode mountain bikes. As if we need more bikes…#N+1
The dogs woke me about 6; I pretended to be asleep but evidently not convincingly: They whined and pawed and stood on me until I couldn’t stand it (maybe 2 minutes; my tolerance is low). I rolled out of bed and headed downstairs to feed them as I pulled my hoodie over my head.
It was 37* and the dew point was low, so their paws were wet; I wiped them off and let them in, then started coffee. This weekend I’m looking after my neighbor’s elderly cat (and her potted plants and mail; not discussed but left in a p/a message on the counter. Not a problem if asked outright; hate the p/a). Kitty used to want to be out and never come in. In 9 mos. she’s switched: she wants to be indoors all the time. I was concerned (and still am; it’s only Saturday and I have until Monday morning ) about her behavior but my neighbor isn’t concerned. I see an elderly cat slowly declining, maybe depressed…Today she followed me to the kitchen and purred while I brushed her. I cleaned her letterbox (ick) and she again didn’t go outside.
I left before fixing the espresso & milk. Chris tended to that while I tended to the cat. When I came home my coffee, steamed milk, double espresso was ready. I love to do this for him when he’s not working; appreciative when he fills in for me.
Later we had a long bike ride, followed by a spur-of-the-moment horseback ride during which I trotted my steed much more than ever before and am feeling the effects. Supposed to ride bikes again tomorrow. We’ll see what happens and what works.
Today was much more rewarding than I’d expected, and I appreciate the flexibility of my profession. Good people, good riding, good horses. Loving the many connections.