I couldn't pass up getting back into the forest Monday after work because local temperatures were in the upper 50s and after Sunday's fiasco I needed a real ride. I got up Poly Brody's Backside pretty quickly and what really surprised me was that I was barely winded climbing the fire road. At one point there was a blur in front of me and a crashing through woods immediately off to the right that I can only fathom was a deer. Based on the droppings I have been seeing along this part of the trail there seems to be deer frequenting. Closer to the water crossings something with a really big wingspan took flight in front of me, too, which was really cool.
Reaching around the end of the Gussy I went back up and did a reversal on the roller near the blue trail crossing and then took my wavy gravy side dish route. Bailing out after riding through cleavage I headed home via Poly Brody's Frontside and further up the forest road I found another empty Michelob Ultra in the stonewall. I drained it and left it there for the next time I ride through. By the time I got home it was really dark and temperatures were back in the low 40s once again.