Welcome Back to Spiderwebs and Sweat

It’s here…

April 2013 has brought with it an early blast into summertime, and a reminder to all why my blog is titled as it is. This week on the trails exemplified this boldly. On Wednesday (17 April), I headed to Martins Dairy for a couple laps on my bike. It was super humid – so much so that I felt as if it was raining from within, and when I came around the bend and up to Sunset Bluff, it was into a wave of steam – immediately rendering my eye-wear useless. This was indication number one. April has also brought with it indication number two: our friendly neighborhood web slingers – a massive army of them. By the time I finished my first lap, I must have broken through about 30 webs and was covered from head to bike to toe in silky strands of spidery love. And for those of you who know or don’t know, these are not your run of the mill strands. These suckers are strong and often covered in green oak pollen. They are so strong that many times, they make it through the laundry intact and decorate my jerseys with their green spindly artwork.

I say, “Bring it on….” I love the summer. I love the heat and the rain it brings. And I’ll never mind sharing such a wonderful Florida season with my  little friends who are so vehemently trying to catch us for an early morning snack. Good luck spinning that size web. I’ll be flying through the trails, dripping with spiderwebs and sweat.

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About Jim Newell

Associate Professor of English, Daytona State College / Thinker / Ponce Inlet Surfer / Improviser / Dad
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