There’s nothing quite like the smell of manure in the morning. It’s more effective than coffee at waking you from your slumber and nearly twice as strong!
These are some of the semi-lucid thoughts that bounce around my brain during a solo run down a country road in the middle of July. It’s only 6:30am but the humidity is rising faster than the sun and adding to the acridity of my bovine bouquet. As I near the farm house where the scent is originating, I catch a glimpse of the putrid perpetrators. In their pen, a dozen cows stand motionless - save for the slow but synchronized turning of their heads as I run by. The quizzical looks on their cowy faces only serve to reinforce the growing sense that I’m a stranger in a strange land.