I took nearly a week off from my beloved bike rides.
A WEEK! I didn’t mean to take a week off. It just kinda happened.
When I was returning from the rides, it’s like I felt like collapsing. One evening I forced myself up the stairs, and threw myself on the bed fully clothed for just a moment… waking up the next AM.
Overdoing it much?
Since my evenings were turning into vast waste lands filled with groans and going to bed too early, I decided to take a night off. Which got me involved with other good things I’ll tell you about in another post.
However, since my long break, I decided to venture off yet again, this time taking my dear sweet ‘ol time.
Packing the camera assures me of that! That means I’ll have to keep stopping…
As I exited the driveway, my buddy Francis was also taking off at the same time on her bike.
“What great timing, let’s go!” she said.
Francis is a very fit bike ride speeder, so I reserved the right to pull out if I needed to…
It is so much more fun biking with another! We sped down trails, lots and lots of downhill trails. I was keeping up!
Some days these trails remind me of when I biked through Central Park. But with a much better bike. Remember that crazy story?
Until I couldn’t keep up. The downhills straightened out and some even went uphill. I right away started feeling that sick feeling in my stomach that told me to slooowwwww it dowwwwwn……
“Sorry, but I’m gonna have to go at my own pace. Go for it, girl!”
Besides, I was hitting the prettiest area of the trail, and I needed pictures. Right?!
Aaaaabsolutely, says lazy biker me.
There were all these little nooks and crannies that lead to what I deem private beaches along one part of the trail. So I chose one to just sit and enjoy and think and dream.
There is nothing like the quiet sounds of trickling water and happy birds chirping. It was just perfection!
Now THIS is bike riding… 🙂
Could you imagine having this in your back yard? I’d probably never get any work done.
But boy would I be mentally sound!
That’s when a jogger rounded the corner with a cloth doll flopping around in one hand.
Breathless, she exclaimed, “Did you see a group of moms go by?”
“Yes I did, however they’re quite a fair ways up the trail…”
“Ohhhh…hmmm… ok. I’ll just leave the doll here then. Hope they find it!” She plopped the doll on a fence post, and ran off.
What was I thinking? HELLO… I had the bike… so I grabbed the doll in search of the group of meandering strollers.
Talk about a reason to get biking again…
I eventually found them just up the trail. But here’s the best part.
“Does this doll belong to any of you?” I asked, while approaching them from behind.
One gal spun around, totally wide-eyed and nearly burst out crying.
“OH MY GOSH! My husband just got that doll online and spent $56 on it! My child can’t live without it! Thank-you so much! You are an ANGEL!”
A rush of gratitude gushed through me… don’t you just LOVE it when He uses us in unique ways?
I attempted to find the jogger on my way home to let her know the good news. So I quickly spun the bike around and got to a little huffing and puffing myself.
The lush green trail started whizzed by… and that’s just when I rounded a corner and was treated to…
… a gift of wildflowers.
It was like the forest was cut into two… an abrupt stop of the lush and green, with the instant start of bloom after bloom after glorious bloom.
Pretty sure they’ve been there all along, but my eyes hadn’t been open to them previously.
Regardless, once again, my face flashed hot. It’s like, you just ‘knew.’
I think I’ll keep up those lazy bike rides after all… 🙂
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