Appreciate Your Surroundings
The Assistant has changed everything. With his new bike, he wants to ride everywhere. As a result, I reorganized the shed to make the bikes easier to access, and the almost daily rides mean that I’m keeping the bike well maintained so that the tires never go flat. Fifteen minutes of prep time has become a grab and go proposition.
Yesterday, I did my longest ride of the year: a nearly 2-mile roundtrip school dropoff with the kiddo, followed by 18 miles on the trail, and another 3 miles to school, dinner and home in the evening.
Aside from very sore sit bones (as yoga teachers call them), and a rendezvous with a self-righteous cycling ass on the trail (the dude called me “princess”), it was an amazing day.
Things that I saw that I would never normally experience include:
- Two great egrets, up close and personal
- The largest in-flight hawk that I have ever seen
- The Mallard duck and Canada goose duo who protect the other geese and ducks from passersby
- A deafening chorus of crickets chirping away in the tall grasses beside the trail
- The aforementioned tall grasses swishing in the breeze
- The ridiculously lovely red-winged blackbirds darting across the trail
- One lone bunny
- The sweetest golden retriever that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet
Let’s face it: you just don’t get that at the gym. Plus, it seems fundamentally wrong and deeply ungrateful to not take advantage of the beautiful northern California weather while my friends shovel out from a late April snow in the midwest.
Is riding my new thing? I don’t know. Short of buying a beach cruiser with a giant, wide seat, I’m not sure that my ass can handle long rides on a regular basis. (And don’t get me started on my padded shorts and capris that seem to have the padding in the wrong places, at least for my anatomy. But I digress.) But for now, while the weather is warm and the bike is already out, I’m good to go. I like seeing the world.
Do you ride? How far and how often?