Lately, a slight ache has been tugging at heart. I am on my bike every day but it isn’t quite enough. When go for a ride in the morning, by the end of the day it feels like a huge chunk of time has passed since my bike and I have been out on the road. But if I postpone my ride until later in the day-I have problems with the “you should be out pedaling” nudge.
The time I do spend biking is great but inevitably I have to turn back and go home. I love my home, I love my local area, but I want to explore a bit more and push myself a little farther.
Rend Collective, one of my favorite bands, is playing in Rochester next week. I think it the perfect opportunity for my first ever overnight bike trip. It is a 160 mile trip one way so my plan is to bike down Tuesday and Wednesday (the concert is Wednesday night). Then, I will spend the night in Rochester and bike back as far as I can on Thursday. I work early Friday morning so I will call someone to pick me up once I am done biking on Thursday.
My emotions about the upcoming trip are a volatile mix of excitement and raw nerves. Mostly, I am afraid of getting lost or having my bike or body break down. With every little weird pain I feel or every strange sound I hear while biking, I get jittery and wonder if I can actually make it to Rochester. This is new territory and I don’t know how the trip will go. What if something happens? But then I straighten my thinking out and my excitement returns.
My bike and I get to spend three days discovering new roads together. Watch out world!