Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

On Riding

Seek only roads without hard climbs
And miss the view from the high ridgelines

Avoid pushing your bike up the long, steep hills
But don’t expect a descent with all of its thrills

Look for byways with no wind in your face
And you’ll not get a push when your path you retrace

Instead set out with the one thought in mind
That wonder and beauty on this ride you will find

The aches and pains will soon fade away
But not the memories of a challenge filled day

They were investments made to get to that place
That now recalled, leaves a smile on your face

No riding today, just rest and reflection on the
state of my achy legs. And anticipation of the
long ride on Monday.

Total ~ 1537.0 Miles


Anonymous said...

Keep reflecting.

Anonymous said...

Nice poem!!