So I went out in the cold to ride some trails today. At first I was like, SWEET WINTER FREEZE. As you can imagine winter freeze are the trail conditions that result when ground freezes up hard, very fast riding. I found out pretty quickly that the conditions weren’t quite winter freeze, more of a semi-frost. Constant freeze thaw cycles turn wet ground into a frozen sludge which felt slower and harder than riding in mud.
So I struggled though a loop and arrived back at my car, my toes were telling me it was time to pack it in but I decided to ignore my toes and keep riding. Now here comes this strange part, a dog that running about 20 meters in front of a van, or it would be strange if I hadn’t seen it almost every time I park on Gossage road. Usually dogs are chasing cars, not cars chasing dogs, but this guy likes to take his dog on walks by driving his van while the dog runs in front of it.
The driver of the van proved to be a friendly chap who wanted to talk mushrooms. I told him I had hunted eatible mushrooms one time and found a single mushroom in 3 hours of searching. He told me he’d found a great deal of wood ear mushrooms the other day and gave me a couple of tips for finding mushrooms before we parted.
I did a small loop and when I got back to my car found a couple of strange fungi sitting on the roof. Are these the Wood Ear mushrooms he was talking about? Did he put them there? Do I dare eat these mystery shrooms? I want to enjoy the delicious flavor of the wood ear, but I don’t want to die from eating poisonous mushrooms, or worse fail a drug test.