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Part of Tracy's goal with this race is to bring awareness and support for the following conservationist organizations. In support of Tracy and this cause please consider a donation to these organizations. You will find a "Moots miles" donation button on their web sites:

Rivers Unlimited
Little Miami State Park

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Noises in the dark.

There's a lot of activity out there at 4:45 am, who knew?? I had to get used to the sounds but not the sights. I can't see them. Have you ever heard a deer blow when they're scared? It's a lot lower than my scream when I hear them. It sounds like you're blowing the smoke from a newly shot finger gun but a lot louder, or a bull getting ready to charge but a lot sharper... "What was that?!" Turkeys are active at night as well, gobbling loudly in the woods beside the trail. I imagine it's the turkey hen yelling at the gobbler for staying out all night. She goes on and on as he stumbles down the hallway to bed. He gives little reply. Owls hoot, groundhogs rustle, bunnies hustle off the trail; out of my way, this way and that. I'm waiting for sasquatch to cut across the trail. I don't know what sounds he will make. I worry about that sometimes as I'm tooling down the trail ensconced in tree cover following a tunnel of light from my headlamp amidst all darkness. "Is there really a "bigfoot"? Last week as I passed the gravel pit on the way to work a load of gravel was dumped into a truck just as I went by. For a split second I thought it was bigfoot. When I'm on the road in the quiet morning I can easily hear the cars coming. They are more frightening in the dark somehow. Sometimes I shudder and tuck my shoulder in just before they go by. My mom made a little whirly gig that sticks out to my left by 2 1/2 feet. I have reflectors on that, lights on the back of my bike, and am wearing a reflective vest, but still, the cars are loud.


  1. I'm oftewn up at that hour, but not out on the road...! I may have to give it a try!

  2. I had Big Foot over for dinner the other night. He is nice. You don't have to worry about him.
    -Jess Evas