The theme - Dear Readers - for today is that approximately 9% off your beaten path - all of our beaten paths - is another reality. Slid some things today I have never slid in my 25 years at The Rock. Fresh, lovely, pillow-like turns in strange places. Saw nary a human. My heart filled with the silence and the sounds of the birds in Spring and the DEPTH of the snow (yes - we are having a record year...thank you very much). In a few hours...I found lines and connections I will be riding for years and years. Just a half a step off the map. Here-in lies the lesson. I feel you beside me...how did you find me here?