I rolled out of the house after it warmed up. Wearing a vest, knee warmers and arm warmers. The day was sunny and a high of 70 was forecast. No complaints here. I pedaled out through Swannanoa towards Black Mtn and eventually south on Hwy 9.
A quick stop at the spring to refill and I was on my way again. Up and over the Eastern Continental Divide, my thoughts wandered. Down through the pastures and farms, past the Straight Away Cafe, I considered stopping for lunch but it was a bit too early.
Winding around and mostly down, I spotted another set of tire tracks on the wet pavement in one of the curves. I never caught up with them.
Left turn on Old Fort Rd for the climb up and around Round Mtn. The road turns into Bat Cave Rd and then descends down into the valley where Old Fort is. I again considered stopping for food, but decided to just stop for water, eat a bar and keep riding.