It was perhaps fitting that my 100th work bike commute was today. The Thursday school drop off and park up at the supermarket is a nice ride in. Although it was significantly cooler, the sun was up in celebration and yet another pastel blue sky sans clouds greeted me. Once I was out of town and away from the main roads I did not see a motor vehicle except for a couple of tractors ploughing fields. I stuck to trails and tracks for the most part but it was only a 15km jaunt, taking it easy but quick enough to make it to work early enough to be ready for the onslaught.
I think that yesterday’s horror day broke me in and I had no problem being in 2 places at once. Although I once again had time for brekkie by 12.30 and lunch at 4pm, it was done with the grace and acceptance that this will not last forever. By 6.15pm I was ready for an equally nice ride back.
I chose the country in a nod to what is good about my bike commutes. The trails are less bumpy, dry and peaceful at this time of year. As if in a triumphant march to one of my goals for the year, the countryside, trails, wildlife and marmalade sky cast by the low setting sun all came together to reward my endeavour.
If you ride a bicycle, you know this zen. If you aren’t, try it out. Whatever you do, ride a bike. Ride it to go fast, ride it to go places, ride it on roads, ride it on trails, ride it for errands, ride it to race, ride it to explore, ride it with friends. Ride it for fun.