Columbus Day

Finally took an actual holiday. Jake was extremely confused, not quite grasping the whole idea that there are exceptions to the Monday-Friday work week. He got used to it, and I got a dose of parental guilt. Darn.

Took the wife, boys, and bikes up for a late afternoon ride on the Airline Rail/Trail starting from Salmon River State Park. Absolutely beautiful, as always, and the leaves ought to peak next weekend, so I think we’ll be back. It had been a while since I’d been out to Airline. We used to live in Colchester, so I would hike the section in Salmon River, and another section between Colchester and Hebron pretty frequently. But that was just as the first real work was going into making it a nice rail trail, and most of the old trestles were still “impassable”, meaning you had to go around a gate and balance on an i-beam to go down them.

But the work that’s been done is great. I was digging it something firece, and I see many weekends next year dragging a cooler and pic-i-nic basket behind the bike. I was dragging the trailer with Jake and Nate, and Melissa was punishing me up the hils. But life was good, the sun was shining, and it was nice to have a day off.