Tonight I sit at my computer, enjoying the final hours of a sunny day, sleepy and sunburned. I started my day with church in my bike clothes, leaving right after to meet up with Kay for our first ‘real’ bike outing of the year. We had taken a couple of chilly rides in the earlier weeks of April, but rides with booties, hats and gloves just aren’t the same. Today, we finally had seventies, short sleeves, and sun. As we rode out Willow Road, a single word sang in my head – finally, after a long winter – JOY.
Joy is elusive, isn’t it? It’s hard finding it at times. I know the technical ‘rule’ about joy – that you can’t tie it to your feelings, that it needs to be a state of being. However, practicing joy and achieving joy are not always inclusive and doggone it, sometimes you need a day in the sun.
Our first jaunt was not remarkable from a distance standpoint – just 20 miles – but we
stopped off at Eaton Town Hall for a bowl of booyah to support the Old Glory Honor Flight, and met a Korean war veteran who was able to participate this year. His name is Adrian Cherney, and he also used to bike, so we had a lot to talk about. He only just quit riding last year – I think he is around 85 so that is a lot of years of riding. The booyah was awesome and my only regret is not being able to buy any to bring home. Kay and I decided we should make a habit of planning our weekend rides around local booyah picnics. I may need to have Dave build me a booyah wagon so I can haul ice cream tubs of it home.
On the way out, we stopped at Lily Lake just to be nosy and to add a few extra miles to our ride. There we found this thing (see pic) – no clue what it was at the time so Kay snapped a picture of it to show her hubby, and we have since found out it is an aerator. As I told Kay, it’s good to know what it is, because you never know when that information might come in handy, and someone may say to you, “What is that thing? Is that an alien ship crash landed in Lily Lake?” and you can say, “Why no, that is an aerator!”. Mystery solved! No need to hide the women and children!
After I got home, I spent more time in the sun playing with the dogs, weeding my flower beds and other such nonsense. It was a glorious cherry on top of a chocolate sundae weekend.
A few other weekend highlights: Hanging out with Dawn on Saturday and getting some time to visit that didn’t involve work or working out, and roller skating at St. Mary’s Roller Rink for the first time since I was probably 13 years old on Saturday night, courtesy of my friend Amanda and her children’s 9th birthday (Happy Birthday Evan and Abby!). I also upgraded my blog site so I can now upload VIDEOS! See below for actual footage of my roller skating experience (notice I remained upright during the entire 20 seconds).
Have a great week!