Halfway down trail A at Swatara State Park, Matt stopped and pointed out that the fungus growing on a nearby tree was the same color as my florescent orange bike.  Naturally, I stopped to take a look and to take a picture (I obviously don't care about Strava segments).  Matt was was darn near the same color.  I never would ever have believed that florescent orange could be found naturally...but there it was....growing on a tree.  That wasn't the last of the orange today.  Not too much further up the trail I nearly ran over my new friend....a florescent orange turtle sitting in the middle of the trail.  I'm not a biologist by trade (I leave that to Mark).  I've no clue what the name of the fungus is or what type of turtle it was that I saw.  I just think that it's super cool that, while pedaling among all the huge rocks and trees, I was able to take a moment to brake for a few of  the small things.  Cool.

My 2016 Stumpjumper next to the super cool orange fungus growing at the base of a tree in Swatara State Park -- June 6, 2017

My orange bike and my orange friend in Swatara State Park -- June 6, 2017

Life is a journey...not a destination.

David A. Raymond -- June 6, 2017

What are some of the small things you notice when riding? I'd love to hear about them in the comments located at the bottom of this post.

Dave Raymond, Tim Sindlinger, and Matt Linnane.  Circumstances found us riding today in Swatara State Park. We stopped to get a pic at the same spot where Tim and I met Matt nearly 2 years ago -- June 6, 2017

Here's the GARMIN map and stats from our ride today in Swatara State Park:

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