there are a few thoughts that have come to the surface in the last few days that i didn’t touch on in my llwh write-up. i’ll try to be brief(ish).
cycling as meditation
there’s something about long singlespeed rides on rural roads that, if the conditions are right (i.e. my chain is lubed & nothing else about the bike is bothering me) that brings me to a place of peace. this is my meditation. almost without fail, riding in these conditions for hours on end brings up memories i haven’t pondered in ages, emotions i had neglected to process, or impossible psychedelic situations that are just a fun mental playground.
this ride brought to me a deep sense of gratitude. not for anything in particular, but for everything. for my partner Pilar, who centers & strengthens me, is my archetype for grace & kindness, & shows me unconditional love. for the home we are making together. for my family who nurtured me into the empathic human that i am today. for my chosen family of friends that make life rich & full of laughter. for struggle itself, for being the pathway to inner-growth. for the land & ecosystems that bind & sustain us all.
my friend Jen tackled an immense personal challenge this past sunday by riding past her previous longest distance (30mi) to a grand total of ~53 miles! on a super tough & hilly course no less. i remember clearly a ride where i broke through a barrier like this, & if you haven’t done it it’s hard to explain the mix of uncertainty, emotional struggle & physical pain it takes to complete such a transcendent experience. it was an privilege to witness such grit. bon courage!
ducks fly together!
so my story is pretty much summed up in this sms, but if anyone was looking for a longer write-up, here goes.
camped at Frances Slocum State Park Sunday night with my friend Brian H. it was the first weekend the camp ground was open, lucky for us! i’m too young & stupid to come up with a reason that could justify a hotel room for a bike event. also, this was our neighbor at the campground: