My last ride was solo, and through Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. I'm riding this route frequently, as it's near Victoria's cousin's house in Smithville, and we are frequent guests. I was on the road at sunrise. I paused at a utility right of way to absorb the beauty. To the east, I could see the sunbeams through the early morning mist.
To the west, the red dirt of the right of way made me wish I had a mountain bike. It won't happen. I'm converting my MTB to a commuter road rig, and I'll be picking it up this weekend. Having the bike should lead me to more time in the saddle, which I struggle to find right now.
While riding through the peaceful forest, I saw about a dozen deer. I stopped to take a photo of this doe. She seemed to be solo as well, but I think she had friends nearby in the forest. She let me take her photo, then ran into the forest and watched me from relative safety while I put my camera away and got back on the bike.
I'll be trying to squeeze in another self pay solo ride this week. This time, it will be on the streets of Houston. Maybe not as peaceful, but a ride is a ride.