Back roads, side roads, and brand spankin’ new roads.
Number of Pax: 5
Pax Names: Careless Whisper, Squirtel, Hass, Gut Check, Hooch
Warm-O-Rama: 1 km jaunt through the Hubbard Road neighborhood to meet a late-arriving PAX at the restaurant formerly known as Firestone Pizza. Quick gander at a 24' Airstream along the way for my man, Hass. A couple rounds of PT while Gut Check rucked up. 1/4 mile loop out to Main Street and back for the flag that YHC foolishly left on top of GC's Pathfinder. Erps. Then struttin' our stuff past all the onlookers out on the town, and a brief photo stop in front of Swisher's scarecrow (shameless plug for excellent financial planning at Goodwin Investment Advisory - well worth your inquiring if you need advice). The plan was disclosed to be a loop around familiar roads but with many meanderings along the way down side streets and such. And so on we went.
The Thang: Main Street in DTW to Rope Mill Road, PT at Fury Performance Academy's picnic tables (dips and curls), then down to circle through a never-been-rucked neighborhood by the water tower (Northtowne). A smidge farther up Rope Mill to fail at picking up a log YHC has been eyeing for a week (shucks), then through another never-been-rucked neighborhood that gave us nearly a mile of extra distance (Cardinal Woods). Great discussion at this point on filling our minds with what is good, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute. Then diagonally across the road for a brief PT stop (and PiT stop for GC, who cannot resist the smell of a porta-potty) and a blazing some new trails across the top secret (not even paved yet) new extension of Ridge Trail. Another (not-so-brief, not-so-planned) PT stop while some knuckleheads went back down into the darkness to acquire a coupon that was not a part of YHC's plan for the evening. Then across the back drive of Woodstock City Church, right on Ridgewalk (as usual, can't help but reminisce on the utter disaster that was Manning's Clinic anniversary Q at this point, crossing the tracks). Right on Main, and some more meandering through the Haney, Dean, Linton, Melanie, Dobbs neighborhood (more reminiscing about Mrs. Taylor thinking we were "from the fire department" with our reflective gear... and backpacks... on foot... with a dog...). Top secret trail to cut through to the back of the amphitheater lot just in time for COT at just past 6.5 miles. 5 men for 10 km of good livin'. Every man shared some good thoughts and conversation along the meandering way, and each some good words in the COT as well.
COT: Lifted up our brothers in prayer: Careless Whisper's new job opportunity, Squirtel's realization of character development right where he is as the Lord prepares him for what's ahead, Hass's meaningful interactions with his progeny, Gut Check's friends C & J as they say goodbye to foster kids M and J who are returning to a birth parent's care; and for our brother, Secret, and his M as they continue to trust the Lord for provision in this trying season between jobs.
Naked Man Moleskin: "No" means "No". All of us meandered, but two pax in particular chose to wander. Dare I say even "stray". Squirtel, Careless, and YHC got in some extra PT waiting for the two dissenters to emerge from the woods with the recently acquired and discarded coupon their hearts desired more than their care to follow the command of the QIC. Good thing we're friends, and there were no hard feelings. Good thing that 80 lb. monster got left on the roadside a few hundred meters after this special little episode. I'm glad that thing didn't hurt anyone. Yet.
Careless Whisper - I'm really proud of you getting involved with this group and continuing to get stronger. You even passed the test of YHC's torture gas treatment with no mask and kept breathing. Bravo, and my halfarted apologies.
Squirtel - you have a great attitude and demeanor. Keep that smile through life's troubles, my friend. And read "The Ascent of a Leader" during your time between semesters coming up.
Hass - I love hearing about your time with your kids and wife, brother. Your family leadership and care is a great example to me and our F3 brothers. And your companionship on the ruck-roads of Woodstock and the WaHo of TLP is one of my favorite new things in my life this year. Good man.
Gut Check - You already know. I'm thankful for your friendship, brother. There are but a few men I've ever been able to trust and confide in like you. And you inspire me to greatness. And to get my butt out of bed and post. Thank you.
Ruck on, men.
From Philippians 4:
Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all, for the Lord is near! Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - dwell on these things!