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Where Are You GOING?!?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Yesterday's ride with the bike club was the 2nd of the season. We were riding to our local Maple Festival. No matter that the only thing to do at a Maple Festival is to slather pancakes with syrup and snarf 'em down. I was armed with my trusty coupla apples! ;-)

But I was COLD! It was cloudy and 32. I had my long bike pants on, a short-sleeved t-shirt with a long-sleeved t-shirt over that. While waiting for the ride to start I was shivering and shaking all over. Others offered me extra layers, but I turned them down because 1) I hate to complicate my ride with what to DO with those extra layers when I warm up and 2) I figured all I had to do was get pedaling, HARD! ...and I would warm up plenty.

Which I did...off like a shot! Whizzed by everyone, with a rider catching up to me asking:

Where are you GOING!?!

I said: I'm COLD! I know this will warm me up!

But his question brought to mind Dave Matthews' song:


"Where you are, is where I want to be..."

Leading me back to thoughts of my dearest wife, my Wind Beneath My Wings, here is a version I play on my guitar:


(hope it works, sharing from my OneDrive)

She doesn't have to be by my side while I'm out cycling, I hold her essence in my heart.

Returning to my road cycling woke up a part of me that lies dormant through the colder, dark months: a meditative meandering of gratitude and heightened awareness of the bird songs around me and deep appreciation for my body which responds so well to my care and acceptance of my limitations. Yes I zoomed ahead for the first half of the ride and duly warmed up, but on the return of the loop I slowed down, as a body out of shape does. Radiating loving kindness toward myself and outward toward the world.

That is the way of life. I know I'll build my stamina and endurance in time.

To Everything There Is A Season...

Later in the afternoon, meditating on our back porch with the sun lowering to the horizon

Find your SPARK & Celebrate It For All You're WORTH!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Hi Don! Loved this. A maple festival sounds nice. Weather warmed up yet? Like much of the nation we had a late winter but it's been in the 70s past few days and to continue this week. Richard and I are riding in the park again. It's good to feel the sun and a little breeze on our faces. Here's to many miles of happy two-wheelin' (three in my case).
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  • MOMMA48
    What a fantastic and emoticon blog!! Truly touching and motivating!!! Going for the goals that are within each one of us--and doing it for those we love and ourselves!! Love the song you play for your wife--how sweet! Gratitude-kindness-oneness-soooo love this blog!!! emoticon for sharing and one that I'll definitely being coming back to whenever I need that added boost of motivation!
    603 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    604 days ago
    What beautiful sentiments!
    Ride on.
    604 days ago
    What a lovely blog . . . I'm listening to your music as I respond. Your peace and contentment radiate from your photo and from your words and from the music too. You embarked on quite a journey a few years back and it took so much courage . . . and so clearly it's worth it.
    604 days ago
    Long runs, walks or bike rides are a great time to reflect. I actually started long distance running as a teenager because it made me feel better and I seemed to be able to find solutions to my problems while pounding the road
    604 days ago
    emoticon I like your guitar playing.

    Have a great riding season!

    605 days ago
    Sweet blog.
    605 days ago
    Yes. To Everything There Is A Season …

    Good question, Don.

    Doing my best to radiate loving kindness to myself and outward toward the world like you are as I traverse the twilight years of my life.
    605 days ago
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and this is definitely a season to reexamine self, redefine plans, move forward!
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