Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The Winding Path
Since Kel and I both ride from home quite often but hardly ever at the same time, one of the things we like to talk about is our route of the day. Actually, it's something I like to talk about - my husband is not a big talker. :)
The other day he was telling me about a particular route he had taken that I had never ridden before, so on Sunday I decided to give it a try. Without going into details, let's just say I hated it! I didn't even ride for as long as he did, and the whole way I was just thinking, "Why would he like this route? It's so boring? It's just one long straight road with nothing cool to look at and no turns to remember or new roads to discover." I just couldn't figure it out.
When I got home I told him my thoughts and he said, "I like it because it's straightforward. I won't get lost. I know exactly how to get home, and I know exactly how long it is."
Our little conversation got me to thinking about why I like riding. Part of the fun of cycling for me is going to new places, finding new sights to see and being alone. Being alone? Yes! I love riding with a group, but I also love the solitude of riding on a country road for miles without seeing anyone, and knowing I got there without a car. I like the moments when you see another cyclist heading in the opposite direction and you feel a distinct kinship when you nod and they nod back. I love taking a new turn, knowing I'm headed in basically the right direction, but not quite knowing where I'll come out at the end of the road. I love going by cows and mooing at them (something I probably wouldn't do if I were in a group), and I almost always give a little click or two to any horses I might see.
Does the fact that Kel rides with a much different purpose than me make it any less fun for him? Of course not! We each choose our own rides and our own reasons. On the rare occasion when we do get to ride together, I so enjoy the time with him and will ride the straight and narrow all day! But when I'm on my own, I choose the winding path for sure!
Why do you love to ride?