The stretch of greenway in question is about 1-mile long. Before this stretch....no horsefly. After the stretch....no horsefly. But while on that particular stretch, it's horsefly hell. Problem is, this route is an out-and-back. I have to endure a second attack on the return. It's a good thing that this stretch is in an isolated area surrounded by woods, because if you saw me from afar, you might mistake me for a loony bin escapee, with my arms flailing around in the air, my hands whacking at my head, my back, my shoulders. I'm also cursing up a blue moon at what appears to be nothing.
Believe me though, that nothing is something, and that something is relentless. You see, I'm already a bit paranoid when it comes to nature. In addition to this kamikaze horsefly, I've also been stung in the roof of my mouth by a bee while running. I've had an encounter with a rabid coyote. I've run by a bull on the loose. Almost been plowed down by a herd of dear. Dive-bombed by a mocking bird. Had a stand-off with a couple of raccoons. Tripped over a squirrel. Had to jump over a copperhead snake, and, oh yes....been attacked (almost knocked over) by a Canadian goose while in flight.
It's almost become a rite of passage into summer. Usually it's the reminder I need to spray my head, neck, and back with insect repellent. But, that's only a temporary fix. I'd really like to know why this horsefly has such a huge chip on it's shoulder. I'm willing to meet halfway. If only he'd share with me the error of my ways, I'd be willing to make amends. I'm confident we could work through this. Or, maybe if paint myself in iridescent paint, don a huge pair of wings and buzzzz as I run through this section of greenway, it will allow me buzz-free passage.