Hefted a rain-soaked fawn this morning, surprised at how flexible it was in its stiffness. Walked away with wet hands and a fleck of blood on my wrist.
After breakfast, an Idiot Wind blew me to Breezewood looking for a tunnel on an eroded highway. Wasn't sure how far I'd have to walk, but then suddenly there it was.
On a day like today, you don't realize how hot it is until you stop moving, then sweat and denim combine to smother you.
Other tunnels I've explored have had a light at the end. This one didn't, it was just a throat of hazy blackness. So I sat at its mouth, had a snack, read the graffiti, and watched the tunnel exhale a cool, dusty breath. After a while, fellow explorers were heard long before seen, so I got up and headed back before they could step out of the darkness and destroy the illusion.
Crossed paths with a couple of local boys on the way back and some thoughts crossed my mind that I didn't want to have. What a world we live in. As the young men went on their way, I turned my mind back to the fawn to make the thoughts go, too.
Back at the car, pulled out and hit the road in search of a road on a hill that defied gravity. Blood On the Tracks... blood on my wrist... a runaway truck axle-deep in gravel on the way to Bedford.
Lost my shit and was reduced to giggles coming down the mountain toward the junction with 522 when I took my foot off the gas to coast the descent and watched the speedometer slow down and down and down. Would've just let the car come to a stop in the middle of the highway, but someone was coming down behind me.
At a Pentecostal church along Jack Rd.: "Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it".
Never did find Bedford or that physics-defying hill, but gave into giggles again coming around the first bend of an S curve to see a sign warning to watch for cows in the road.
Looked for the fawn as I approached home, but it was gone. Guess the county came and took it away. Just as well. I can still feel the muscles of its neck on my fingertips and see the blood that flowed from its ear as I laid it down.