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Monday, March 25, 2019

Water Flows - Plans Change

Two areas I selected for the summer bicycle ride this year are now underwater. Water flows and plans change.

The first area is under approximately twenty-four to twenty-seven feet of water. Even if the water began receding tonight, at this minute, the roads beneath the currents and the camping areas will be completely unusable until probably into the fall. And there's more rain expected through May.

The area is a natural flood plain, but the last major flood, of this magnitude, was in 2011. Some folks were still recovering from that one, only to have their homes flooded again, and their farm fields turned into bogs.

The second area I planned to ride is only partially covered. It is possible to detour around the flooded areas, but what made it interesting was the ability to ride the rails to trails pathway in its entirety. I've been trying to get that done for several years.

So, while the temperatures continue to rise toward those wonderful spring-like digits, I begin again to locate a new path -- where the water doesn't flow. There won't be a lack of things to get involved in this summer, and all of them will involve flood recovery, clean-up, and providing support for those who have been displaced or most grossly affected by the rushing waters.