As long as there are not too many hills, biking is one of my very favorite things to do! Something that you learn in childhood and never have to let go. This old guy was out riding this morning, and just like an 8 year old, rather than avoid the puddle from the overnight rain, he chose to ride through it. Splash. Splash. It's just more fun that way. Still.
"Never will I bike again without a helmet". That is me speaking now. About a year ago I took my bike in to have a flat tire fixed. I left it and came back in a couple hours to pick it up. Great! I throw it on the rack and home I go. Once home I decide to take it for a little spin and on the way down the driveway I lost control and wrecked about the time I reached the street.
"What happened?" you say. Well, the nice folks at the bike shop gave my bike a quick check up and tightened the brakes. Problem is they didn't tell me. I used my usual squeeze on the hand brakes and OMG they were tight. Threw me right off, down onto the street. Helmet? Who needs a helmet? Lesson learned! My head hit the street. I heard it hit. I lay there awhile. Surely someone would see me and come to my rescue! But no one came. "Where is everyone?" My Larry was sleeping or watching the ballgame. He had no idea. The neighbors were nowhere to be found. So I decided nothing was broken, hoped I didn't have a concussion, and hobbled inside.
It only takes one crack of the skull against pavement, damage or no damage, to convince you that wearing a helmet is important. I have a very cool one now just like this picture except mine is pink.
I spent this morning bike riding too... through the village, down by the beach, through quiet, shady neighborhoods....and splashing through the puddles like the old man.
There's no better way to spend a cool morning than on a bike with nowhere special to go and no time special to be there. Just peddling. A piece of childhood that doesn't have to end.
What do you do now, as a "grown up" to remind you of your childhood? Click to see what else I just thought of and tell me what you are thinking. I promise to get back to you.