Don’t dismay! The title this week doesn’t mean I’m shutting down and closing up shop. There’s a different good-bye involved.
As readers of moderate time know, one of my bikes, Trixie Blix the e-bike, didn’t get a whole lot of use. Not because she isn’t a good bike, but I’m just more comfortable riding Shirley Surly (on the road) or Eunice Univega (in the woods, trails.) So, after some deliberation, I decided to find a new home for Trixie.
Last week, I found one: a professor at UNC-Charlotte, no less. After some back and forth, we came to agreement on conditions of transfer, and Trixie found a new owner. Richard, I know you’ll be getting a lot of enjoyment commuting to your office now. Believe me, two wheels beats four any day!
This past Saturday saw the inaugural Coffee/Farmers’ Market Ride from The Pedal Factory. Not sure this one should count since no one showed up but me! I did have a good ride, nonetheless, scoring kale, tomatoes, potatoes and onions at the market after an iced coffee at Mean Mug.
The first heat wave of 2019 kept folks from showing up for the Sunday Social Ride. I didn’t much feel like riding alone in those conditions, so I packed up and headed home. However, I did get out and ride yesterday and went in to the shop to see how Todd was doing with a build/education customer. Got there just in time to see it finished and then went out out for coffee (again at Mean Mug.)
Before I headed into town, I setup my tent to make sure it was ready for next weekend.
To wrap up this post, I went on another ride this morning. Just over 13 miles, it combined paved road with gravel. As I rolled on the rocks, I remembered there was a time when I did my best to stay off such roads; now, I almost seek them out as a challenge and to enjoy what are roads less traveled. I was also reminded how close we are to the mountains by this view of a “hill.”
As Spring winds down, I hope that you’ve had a chance to get outside and do the things that make you feel whole. For me, that’s cycling. For you, who knows but I wish you well doing it.