“Wingman” from the Roadside: Note the trail name change; here’s a brief (ya sure) explanation. I was honored I should even be given a trail name in the first place (thank you Clax). While “Birdwatcher” could imply several things, the more passive sense might be considered by some: just observing the Bird in its habitat (lurking) and then leaving. That’s not it. Okay, okay, I’ll get on with it. The new trail name “Wingman” was strongly suggested and accepted. Here is a bit taken from an Air Force definition I found online which seems most appropriate to this situation:
… a good wingman is a 24-hour-a-day job… anchored in personal commitment…they have a moral compass that always points true north…searching the horizon for any sign of trouble and step in to prevent it…a good wingman must be prepared to step up and lead when required, and be ready to follow once a decision is made.
Next. Sunday was a very well deserved and needed “Zero” day for the Bird. Too much heat, long mileage days with elevation, and getting too far ahead of our plan made taking a day off appropriate. Shopping, laundry, crossword puzzles, good healthy food, a cocktail, and a long sleep on a real bed.
My mom would say, “prudence is the better part of valor”.
Here are photos of the Mountain Valley RV Park in Tehachapi, a glider that seemed to have put down in a pasture on the opposite side of the RV Park from the runway, and a shot of the terrain Runningbird went through the last few days. Ouch!