I did some work on the porch while I had a halogen light on the door mechanism that has been freezing up. It did sit some more [without the light] while I got ready for my ride, and the door wouldn't latch again. Although it was back to being able to reach inside the door and temporarily fix that. Interestingly the door worked after driving to my ride location.. and when I got back from the ride. sooooo
The ride started with a little hectic feeling.. with all the door problems.. and now a latish start, I was worried about having enough daylight, and getting back before Laurie was out of work.
It was weird snow.. and there were places it was pretty slick out. Most of the way to my turn around spot [in town Clinton] the trail was a little different.. and there was another turn that I did not recall. The way I was headed had not had any traffic since that last snow.. rain.. freezing rain mix. I was not sure how the riding would be. Some of it was so-so.. some of it was FAST. I hit an area with a lot of fresh deer tracks.. and laying in the trail was a nice antler drop.
It was a beauty.. I stuck it in my pack. It looked like the trail was closed in town.. or where I was going to turn around anyways. There are some areas where the trail runs through some culverts under the interstate.. my guess they aren't safe yet.
Oh.. there was a place maybe a mile up the trail [from the start] where there was a tracked bucket vehicle. Someone had been cutting branches and trees back from a smaller power line. The equipment was running.. had flashing lights on it.. had signs around it stating it was a drop zone.. but there was no one in sight… an hour + later on the way back through.. it was unchanged..
I was wet and getting cold.. so I did not look around much… but there didn't seem to be anyone around. [at least no blood]
We made some phone calls when I got back.. we called the police department.. they said the state police covered that area.. so we called them.. and they sent us to the game wardens. .. we told them about it.. and we then found out he was covering for someone else and wasn't super familiar with the area. So I changed and went to meet him. We hiked out [about 3/4's of a mile].. and the machine was gone.