Freewheelin' Skinny Santa!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Got out for the bike ride I've been yearning for! Had my bright red t-shirt on for visibility and a pair of biking gloves which my sister gave me for my upcoming birthday. Thing is, they're bright kelly green as they are Michigan State University (my alma mater) gloves with a big "M" on them. Couldn't help but feel like I was celebrating the season a little early... :-)
What a most glorious, stupendous day it was! Glad I had those gloves on as it was pretty chilly as I rode through the lifting fog. Funny I didn't mind the cold wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but my fingers could definitely feel that cold!
Riding my bike through the fog lifting to reveal such a wondrous array of colors across the hillsides...surely this must be the peak of the fall foliage colors! In time I could see the clear expanse of blue skies unmarked by a single cloud and the sun shining over it all like a maestro orchestrating this perfect symphony on which my senses feasted!
I dared to challenge myself right away to the huge hill nearby my home, probably less than a mile away. It has stopped me from heading southward into the Binghamton area, which is much more bicycle-friendly with wide biking lanes on the side of the road.
I've attempted before a number of times, humbled each time, being forced to get off the bike and walk up to the top.
But not today! Made it to the very top and beyond without getting off the bike! Woo Hoo! What a feeling as I soared down the other side! Each time I have a victory of this sort it feels like I "own" the road in a whole new way! My heart was pounding and I was huffing and puffing like I had never done before...!
After a bit I pulled over to a bench where I called my DW to announce my victory and savored the sun beaming down.
I wanted to cruise forever today! After all, most of the area south of that hill is relatively flat. I breezed through Otsiningo Park, then headed downtown for a bit, crossing over the Washington St. bridge and finding another sunny bench to take a water break and call a few friends and chat for a bit.
On my return trip I headed up Front St., stopping at Starbucks for my Venti Bold Flavor of the Day, sipping outdoors in the sun. just savoring the moment and the splendid view of the surrounding brilliant hills aglow with the colors of fall.
Now, since I'd already succeeded in biking up this hill once, I told myself that I really didn't HAVE to tackle it one more time on my return trip. However, as I biked up much further than I ever thought I would after being on the road from 9 am till it was approaching 1 pm. My excitement over possibly succeeding yet one more time pushed me further than I should and I zigged where I should have zagged and went off the relatively narrow shoulder, which had a couple inch drop...just enough to tumble me off my bike onto my knee and came to rest on my butt, humbled yet once again...lol! It was just a scrape, had my tissue in my pocket to sop up the blood some and got back on to walk up the rest of the way and the thrill of the ride down the other side on to my home.
All in all this day was just stupendous!
Hope everyone is finding their SPARK during these beautiful autumn days!