Fog and lower temperatures recently.
Spun 10 miles up steep Fickle Hill Road and down "Couch" trail.
Fickle Hill Road
Ducking branches, squealing brakes, horrid moto ruts, and water-bar jumps that land in sharp tight corners.
It's why I've only ridden this trail a handful of times.
Now I'm on familiar lower Jacoby Creek trail; hopping over logs, diving down & up steep creek beds, and balancing on gnarled tree-roots.
After 6 miles of trail a leisurely 10 mile spin takes me from the fields of Bayside into my simple abode in Arcata.
I don't even use the easy gears on my bike anymore and that is a clear indicator of progress.
The extra miles in the past month have made riding easy.
A light weight routine & core strengthening has made it a lot more fun.