I don't know anything about the status of any of my Black Forest tutees or their homes. Our school district has a couple of schools out there. This morning, I heard that one of them burned down, but also heard that it's still standing. Clearly, everything is still in rumor mode.
Black Forest is an area of thick pines and ground cover consisting mainly of dead pine needles. If there's anyplace for a wildfire to spread, it's Black Forest. Really surprised it hasn't happened sooner. There are also some million dollar and up homes out there scattered among the trees. The people I know from there, however, are not at all snobby. Super friendly in fact.
In the meantime, the rest of us just watch and wait. Other fires have sprung up around the state. The Royal Gorge fire is threatening the bridge.
For those who don't know, that area is home to a Super Max prison. Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber), Terry Nichols, and Tim McVeigh before his demise, among others, reside there. I heard that one of the prisons was evacuated. There's a task!
Back in my little world, I'm feeling a bit adrift. I am without wheels. BOTH bicycles are in the shop(s).
Mountain bike Bella was due for a tune-up, and I happened to get a coupon for a free(!) one at a local sporting goods store. I wouldn't normally take her to a sporting goods store, but a tune up at my shop costs around $70, so...
As for speedy Tessa the road bike, remember how I said I was going to change her tires? Of course you do! Her current tires were baldy baldy - blowouts waiting to happen. It was time to get those new tires. I pondered keeping her around until the other bike was back home, so I'd have SOMEthing, but really, I wasn't going anywhere on those tires anyway.
So I took her in to the usual shop, and we ordered up some pretty pretty tires. Oh, I'm so happy for her, and me. Can't wait to see how they look and feel on the road. I want to bicycle commute as much as practical once I start fall classes. We'll see how that goes.
Both bikes should be ready in a few days. In the meantime, I'm feeling rather naked.
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