I Have a Train to Catch

I take the train about 45 minutes out of the city to get to a mountain biking area I find peaceful. The train back runs about every hour, and the trailhead is about a mile from the train station. So, when I'm about done riding on the trails, I'll check the train schedule. I don't know my way around the trail network all that well, but it's not that big and its limited by roads I know, so I can always find my way out, it's just a matter of time. But no matter how much time it is until the next train, I always think, "Great, I'm in the middle of the woods with no idea which way to go to get out, and on top of it all, now I have a train to catch." It adds an unnecessary level of stress, I could just look at the train schedule once I find my way back to the trailhead, but it also serves to make the ride back more of a mad dash. The senselessness of it reminds me of the way I felt when I used to race mountain bikes at the citizen level.

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