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Portable Joy: Preserve Your Memories...

Sunday, April 28, 2013



What a RIDE!

Within the first mile I was all choked up, tearful and just filled to overflowing with pure JOY! I had forgotten, but then remembered: I've felt this way before. A time that seemed so long ago. No nattering inside the head, no distractions, just me, my bike, the road, sun, the big blue sky and a heart that was filled to overflowing. I was part of the world and the world was part of me. Although the intensity of this joy would ebb and flow with my ride it was there throughout.

Thank you VALERIEMAHA for the idea of "portable joy," which I kept tucked away during my ride. How can I HOLD this feeling inside, make it portable, like a valuable gem to take out like worry stones, except let's rename them JOYFUL stones...? During tough times I must remember this experience, hold and savor it to rejuvenate myself during difficult times.

Sharing some wisdom from Simon & Garfunkel: Preserve Your Memories...


We all have experiences that unlock such joy within ourselves. Take time to immerse yourself, savor, and never, never forget: Preserve Your Memories...

Here's a few pics from my 24 mile ride today. I truly didn't want to come home. I just wanted to ride, ride and ride some more!

I rode to Whitney Point intially planning only to hit the edge of town and turn back for home. Yeah. RIGHT! I knew when I arrived I had to get up to Dorchester Park...the jewel of the county! The hills entering the front of the park were too daunting to consider, so I went the back way past the school. The above pic is from the picnic area in the park. I was pleased to find myself more capable than I've been during other first rides of the year, not having to downshift as much as I thought I would (thank you Spin Class, elliptical & jogging!)

Now LEAVING the park out the main entrance onto route 26 would mean some climbing, but it would bring me to the overlook, where I could soak up the wonderful view over the village, lake, dam and park. I just couldn't deprive myself of that!

I enjoyed chatting with a few folks who were sitting in benches taking in the day and the view also.

Here's a shot of the river on the way home...although we're into April the joy captured in this Brasilian rendition of Waters Of March by Oscar Castro-Neves couldn't be more fitting:


There was a bit o' headwind, and although I played it safe with the middle ring on the way up to the park, coming home it was the big ring, strong quads, confidence and a heart filled with the day!

Find your joy people, savor, celebrate and preserve it!


ps...had a towel and some band aids packed in my pannier. No falls, no wobbles, no lumps, bumps and elephants...all my apprehensions just blew away!
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  • _VALEO_
    I also like the idea of "portable joy" mentioned by Valerie. Glad to see it "in action" though your ride, and I'm happy to see you ride again.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful rendition of Waters Of March!
    1848 days ago
    Just love this blog . . . love the pics (of you and the scenery), love the concept of "portable joy". I'm gonna be carrying that one away with me!!
    1848 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    Sounds like a joy-filled day with you and your bike becoming one with the elements. Happy pictures of you testify to how important this aspect of your life is.

    1849 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1849 days ago
    Sounds completely emoticon
    So happy for you!!
    1849 days ago
    WOW-I am so glad you got in such a great ride. In your words..."Savor"....and thanks for the reminder to treasure these moments and the feelings that accompany them. I often think of the passage in the Bible that says "...and Mary hid these things in her heart..." As I get older, I think I understand this so much better.
    The photos are gorgeous. We traveled through upstate NY a few years back on our way home from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls-absolutely stunning country.
    1849 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Glad you were able to get out in the beautiful sunshine & enjoy that stress busting' ride!
    1849 days ago
    YIPPEE! I went ona wonderful ride today, after holing away for several days. Nothing like it.

    Love it...your joy stones, to have available during the down times...YES!

    I wish you'd change your profile photo to the last one in the blog. It's more current and it's FANTASTIC! You look terrific!!! (Actually either one in this blog...I just happen to be partial to the last one, for some reason.)
    1850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2013 11:35:46 PM
    A friend of mine was in the sprint triathlon at Dorchester Park last year. I rode and ran over the course with him a few times so I know whereof you speak. What a fantastic day and place to get back on the horse. Here's to a great season of riding.
    1850 days ago
    glad you're riding again
    1850 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1850 days ago
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