There had been some snow a week or so past, and early one morning my wheels had cut a superb six mile-long sliver through the snow. The cycle track was mine alone and the snow was the proof of it.
On the way home the same day, on display was evidence of other walkers, cyclists, dogs and wildlife. Footprints and tracks everywhere in the snow. It was interesting to discover just how well-used the cycle track is, even in the snow and ice.
So while I was cycling home last night, I got to thinking about the traces we leave as we travel. Probably because there were glimpses of past travellers. Squished cans. Cigarette packets. Tree bags and brolly bones. The usual disappointing signs of life.
But I have two favourites. Two signs of life which I am always happy to find.
One is the rough stone cairn that confirms the summit.
The other is the solo glove. It is customary to find this fellow mounted on a fence and waving hello.
- Icy Trails and Ice Tyres for Sale (glasgowmbc.wordpress.com)