Several times per week I wake up at 4:30am and leave the house at 5am to go bike riding for exercise. I took this picture at sunrise this morning because I wanted to show off how cool the moon looked with the sun shining on it. Unfortunately my cell phone takes crappy pictures. I took 3 and this one was the best one.
But that’s not the reason for this post. I love riding almost 23 miles every time I ride but the one thing that I do not like are the gnats.
Sometimes I will run into these little buggers. They are so gross lol. I can’t see them until they are coming towards my face and sometimes I can’t see them at all and I have no time to duck my head to the side to avoid them. Occasionally I’ll get a straggler that’s flying solo that just flies into my mouth as I’m singing, and you know if you are on the bike trail by yourself with headphones on it’s pretty difficult to not sing. Imagine singing an Alanis Morissette song “It’s like RAAAAYYYYAAAAYYYYAAAAIIIIN” where you practically have to unhinge your jaw to sing that one part. A ton of gnats gets in then.
One thing these disgusting little things do is when they do run into my face, arm hair or chest, they latch on and go for the ride. When I get to a point where I usually stop to take a break they let go and swarm me. So one thing I like to do is stop maybe 20 feet or so from the place I like to take a break at so they will let go then take off so they can’t follow me. Although some do catch up with me but not all of them.
During my breaks I like to take off my helmet and skull cap so I can dry my head and replace it with a dry one. My breaks aren’t spent slacking off, they are spent getting dry to continue going the way I came, back home. If I don’t do that then the skull cap I’m wearing will start dripping in my face. 23 miles is a long way to go with a soaking wet skull cap. Usually as I’m opening my energy bar and taking a bite is when the gnats finally catch up to me then it’s dodging gnats all the way home lol.
It’s a very strange existence. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a gnat, flying in eyeballs, noses and mouths, latching onto clothing and sitting there while I’m being taken away from my gnat family. No, I don’t think I want to live in that world.
I don’t even want to think of any diseases they carry *shivers at the thought*
Ok my skin is crawling, I can’t think about this anymore lol.