No... I'm not talking about the guy in the next public toilet stall, who's trying to play "footsie" with you! (nudge nudge, wink wink)
I'm talking about the "creep" of the goathead plants. (AKA puncture vine)
Yep, it's that time of year again, when the fruit of the vine has matured and is casting seeds... and creeping into your path, if you're not eternally vigilant.
Some folks seem to be under the mistaken impression that if they squirt a little Roundup on it, their problems are over. Not so! Once it has blossomed, the only way it can be removed is slash-and-burn Goathead Holocaust.
Here's a pretty little goathead plant, growing up from a crater in the middle of the bike path.
To answer the obvious question - yes, I patched two flat tires this afternoon. (Kevlar-belted tires? Big flippin' deal!)
(All photos were snapped on my home-bound commute, 6 September 2007. Click on any of 'em for larger viewing options. I post these photos in the hopes that all my cycling sisters and brothers can be familiar with the enemy.)