Finally it’s that time of the year when elder is ready for “harvesting” 🙂
After work 13.5. at 5PM i decided that is the right time to quickly check and pick some elder flowers up on the hill above my town.
Since the daylight is until around 8 PM there was no time to waste.
I put on my running shoes and used my city bike to pedal to the parking below the hill. There i locked my bike and ran/fast walk to the trail where i know there are elder flowers.
Most of them are still unopened, after all this is in higher altitude and in a lot of shades so the flowers appear later than in lower altitude.
I am certain that the flowers in that area are mostly clean from pollution in the city so it’s worth the extra effort.
Before 7PM i was at the trail and searching for the flowers.
At 7:30 PM it was time to head home. Stubborn as i am and mostly knowing this area i decided to take the shortcut to the trail that will take me to the parking lot and my bicycle.
Of course, it was the harder way back than i thought, deep in the woods with already limited daylight. I had a battery lamp in my backpack and some 50% battery on my phone.
In case i needed to contact the mountain rescue i was sure i could easily describe to them my location :).
Luckily, i was heading in the right direction after all and got on some marked trail.
Ran downhill to take my bicycle and pedal home. At 8:30PM i was home and flowers were washed a bit and placed into the bowl for soaking next 48 hours.
26 km made during that trip.
Not to forget that in the morning before work at 5AM i did a training in a gym.
It was Squat day and did some good heavy sets with 100kg weights (heavy for my 77kg bodyweight at least :)).
That didn’t “help” in my uphill search for elder flowers since my back and legs were quite tired.
It’s 15.5. and i am still sore from that day.