It is an absolutely glorious day. The sun is shining. It’s warm and there’s a nice breeze. Days like today are the reason that I live in Texas. There’s so much excitement around town too. People are buzzing about the Super Bowl and I have to say that I am a very proud native North Texan. I can’t believe that my city is going to have the biggest game in the world!!! How exciting?!?
I had an easy day at work today. I finished by noon, so I treated myself to lunch before I came home, did laundry, poop patrol and gathered the trash for trash day tomorrow. Once all that was done, I decided to take advantage of this late-January sunshine and hit the trail on my bike. I rode to the park, like I normally do and once I got there, I decided to take a different route. Now, keep in mind that I’m the girl who goes out just a little too far in the ocean, puts her toes a little too close to the fire and makes right hand turns that are a little too close for comfort. I wouldn’t say that I live on the edge, just near it.
Well, I had all afternoon to ride my bike and I wanted to go far, so down the trail I went. Everything was great. Beautiful old trees, mossy green grass, flowing streams and birds zooming in front of me as I made my way down the path. The further out I got, the fewer people I saw. There’s such a great feeling of alone-ness when you know it’s just you and nature. I had gone quite a way and thought it would be a good time to turn around. I started pedaling and went pretty hard for about a mile when I saw a huge cat.
Nope, it wasn’t a cat at all. It was a bobcat. It was walking in the same direction I was going. To anthropomorphize (thanks for that word, Dad), it looked like a hungover human just trying to make it’s way back to the bar to pick up the debit card that he/she left there the previous night. Now, I know that’s a pretty vivid description, but if you could have seen this animal saunter and slink along the trail, you would agree. Anyway, I put on the brakes and came to a screeching halt. The cat looked back at me, very annoyed and then turned around and just kept zig-zagging along the trail.
My mind was racing. I just knew this cat was going to pounce the second I turned away from it. I got off my bike and started to turn it around, watching the bobcat the whole time. When I felt like he wasn’t going to come after me, I hopped on and pedaled my heart out. I was trying to think of other ways to get home, but really, there were none. I made it back to the point where I had turned around and realized that I must have ridden past that bobcat on my to that point. Just as I was considering speeding past the animal with all I had, I saw an older woman (probably 60) riding toward me on her bike. I tried to stop her, but she just said, “Bobcat? Follow me.”
I hopped back on my bike so quickly, but there was no way I could keep up with this lady. She was so freaking fast…and 60. Man, I’m out of shape. So, I followed her past the bobcat, best as I could. When she sped past him, she rang a bell and I’ll tell you, if that cat could talk, he would say, “shut the h*** up.” He really was annoyed with all these people.
My heart was racing so fast, but I just pedaled away. Once I got a good distance between me and the bobcat, I turned around to look and he had gone into the woods. I looked ahead to thank the lady and she was gone. Whewww…..I’m getting a bell for my bike.
Welp, it’s officially the weekend now! I’ve got lots of school planned, church, a little relaxing and that’s about it.