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Chastised while mountain biking; New recipe: Acapulco Chicken Stir Fry!

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Bike on a Trail - July 13, 2011

Bike on a Trail - July 13, 2011

Yesterday I hit the trails quite early in the morning. The temperatures were a little cooler than what I’m used to (at least at first), but the humidity was so bad my sunglasses and camera lens kept fogging up. I wound up doing 24 miles, and I wish I’d done more. When I got back to my car I felt like I had another 5 or 6 miles in me, but I had to get back to work.

For the second time in a row, I decided to go exploring a bit off my usual trails. Wekiwa forest is a really big place (more than 7,000 acres), and even though I knew I was going to have to deal with some overgrown sections of trail and some very sandy fire roads/horse trails I wanted to see some new sights…

At one point I went off the main hiking and biking trail, and followed a very overgrown trail around the perimeter of Prevatt Lake. I was happy to see that the far side of the lake had not completely dried up, but it’s in pretty bad shape (picture immediately below). Notice the pier about 30-40 feet behind what’s left of the lake? People used to fish off that pier and launch boats right next to it. 🙁

Some water remains on the far side of Prevatt Lake

Some water remains on the far side of Prevatt Lake

I continued around the lake, then ventured off onto some more new “trails” (I use that term loosely). Eventually I came across some cabins and, to my surprise, a swimming pool surrounded by a tall fence. I rode around the area for a bit, checking out the sites. I saw a couple of Forest Rangers in a golf cart, and one of them called out to me:

“Excuse me, sir? This is private property and a private campground!”

“I didn’t see any signs telling me not to enter?!”

“You didn’t? There is razor wire and also ‘Private Property’ and ‘No trespassing’ signs all along the road, how did you not see any of that?”

“I didn’t come in from the road, I came in at the main entrance down by the springs.”

“What?”, the ranger replied, “There’s no way to get all the way back here from there!”

So I explained exactly the route I’d taken to to arrive at where we were standing, and that there were no signs telling me that I was in a place where I didn’t belong. The two rangers looked at each other and shook their heads. One of them laughed and said, “There are no signs because no one ever comes back this far from the way you came.”

Anyway, it was fine. At first they told me I had to take a short trail out to the paved road, but I protested. I would have had to ride many miles on a very busy road with no bike lane or sidewalk to get back to my car. I convinced them to let me go back the way I’d come, with the promise that I would not enter the private campground area again.

Here are the rest of the pictures from yesterday’s ride…

Moving on to another subject: cooking!

On Tuesday night I made the new Acapulco Chicken Stir Fry dish again. Lisa found this recipe online, but I tweaked it a little bit with excellent results.

Acapulco Chicken Stir Fry

Acapulco Chicken Stir Fry

This is one of those dishes that would probably not work without the hot and spicy peppers because that’s what really brings out the other flavors. I suppose you could try it with less heat, but I can’t vouch for how it will taste. What I can tell you is that the way I prepared it was a huge hit! This is a very healthy dish, the flavors are bold and fresh and it’s really easy to prepare. This is definitely a meal I’ll make over and over again. I recommend a wok, but a large skillet will work if you don’t have a wok.

I just posted the recipe, so be sure to check it out!

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