Should I forsake my regular commuting route in favor of a freshly-paved side road?
On Friday, Saturday and Monday, I stayed strong and continued homeward without testing the smooth, new pavement. Routine is important, after all, more important than gliding along a perfect new road…
I caved today. Well, technically I didn’t, my bike made the executive decision to deviate from our regular homeward route. My bike makes good choices. The fresh pavement was fast and silky smooth. Plus, our detour made the journey home feel like a bit of an adventure. On adventures, you must take pictures, or so I am told. So I stopped and attempted to photograph butterflies who were as camera-shy as they were beautiful. A German Shepherd was barking from across the road, so I soon gave up and continued down the road, until I turned onto a road that had not been paved, ever.
That’s when I remembered that I had left my sunglasses behind. Oops. I began to make a U-turn so that I could go fetch them, but since I have the bike handling skills of a five year old, I didn’t turn tight enough and my front wheel was threatening to plunge into a ditch filled with bushes. Clearly, I needed to brake. But as I was braking, I realized that I would have to unclip to avoid falling over in a pitiful heap. Normally, I prefer to unclip my right foot, but in this case, setting down my right foot would tip me over into the ditch.
“Haha, you are going to fall!” Taunted a helpful little voice in my head. I accepted the inevitable and prepared to tumble into some previously undisturbed shrubbery. But completely of its own volition, my left foot unclipped and suddenly I was standing upright. I have no clue how that happened, but I am glad it did.
Under the watchful eyes of the German Shepherd, I retrieved my sunglasses and then my bike and I went home.
Adding five miles to my commute? Maybe I should do it again sometime.