Riding my bike in the forest

The autumn weather here in Illinois has been beautiful so I have been obsessed with riding my bike in the forest.  There’s a nice forest preserve by me with stony paths.

Wooly bear caterpillar friend who hitched a ride on my leg. She's scared so she is curled into a ball. I put her in a pad of grass so she would not get hurt.

Wooly bear caterpillar friend who hitched a ride on my leg. She’s scared so she is curled into a ball. I put her in a pad of grass so she would not get hurt.

Can you see the wooly bear caterpillar on my leg? She's in the hollow of my knee on the left side. I ended up re-locating her in a big patch of field.

Can you see the wooly bear caterpillar on my leg? She’s in the hollow of my knee on the left side. I ended up re-locating her in a big patch of field.

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I love the deciduous forest.

I love the deciduous forest.

This was a day of heartrending beauty.

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I heard an animal back here but I could not spot him/her.

I heard an animal back here but I could not spot him/her.

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The lake at the end of the trail.

The lake at the end of the trail.

Sweaty. I took off my helmet for the last few minutes and let my hair fly free. It felt good.

Sweaty. I took off my helmet for the last few minutes and let my hair fly free. It felt good.

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