OK, with that out of the way, Friday way amazing! I finally got around to riding to work. I've had obstacles every time I've tried to ride, thus far, and I was NOT going to have any of that this time. Come hell or high water I WAS going to ride to work today. I actually did (ahem) "round" can the golf game, just to be able to do it. After all, can't carry clubs on a bike, could you?
I got up at my normal time, knowing I would likely be about thirty minutes later than usual. I was totally OK with that. I started the day out with muesli, SprocketBoy's own recipe. What a delicious way to start the morning. Had everything loaded up to go. Grabbed the gear, bottles and headed out the door. A couple deep breaths and I was on my way.
The route is nine miles. Nine amazing, tree lined, winding, hilly, miles past farms, parks, and lots of open acreage. Eventually, at the tale end, it empties into a bit of a bustling city, but that's just the last half mile to a mile. The weather was just slightly less than stellar, but it was nice. It was in the sixties, the clouds few, and the sun felt great! Animals abounded; birds, squirrels, chipmunks, frogs, deer, it was amazing, and it's unreal the things you miss flying down the road in a car.
I got to work in under thirty minutes, putting me there ten before I thought I might and about twenty five sooner than I figured I likely would. That was with traffic lights and all. It was, like, a religious experience. All was just down right perfect with the world. Work was less annoying, I got done more in the time I was there Friday than I had the entire rest of the week. It was like all I needed was that slight change to break the monotony of the everyday and get me back on track. I cut out of work a little after 4:00, pretty average for a Friday, and hit the road back home. Again, a whole new perspective. I saw things I had never seen before drive. I stopped to look at things, I stopped to talk to people I know, I just enjoyed myself. It was great.
I totally need to do this more often. If you've never done something like this before I suggest that you get out and do it. I think everyone could use the change of scenery. It helps break the routineness of the everyday. Here's to many good rides!
Also, remember. Sunday, September 28th at 10:00am we're riding the Ohio Erie Canal trail. Anyone who is in Cleveland, will be in Cleveland, or is willing to come out to Cleveland is welcome. Just drop me a comment or contact me via the "contact me" button in the upper right hand corner on the sidebar.