Three Special Rides


Going on a bike ride makes a day good.
Going for two bikes rides makes a day great.
Going on three rides?
Makes a day practically perfect.

Yesterday I had one of those practically perfect days.

The day started out crisp and cool, just above freezing and I had to take advantage of it. After all, there are not many cool days left, summer is dangerously close and so are humid mornings.

First, I went to a friend’s house and we prayed about the trip together which was a huge encouragement to me. I feel so much support from friends and family.


On my morning ride I met some cows.


It took some time, but finally this cow became curious and trotted over.


What is it?


It tastes good!


We quickly became friends for life.


But Mr. Bull did not want us to be friends for life. Uttering my apologies, I took my bike and left.

 Then I rode up the road which my and brother and I will be taking to leave to Colorado. After 10 miles though, I turned around and headed back home.

It was surreal to think that in a week’s time Noah and I will ride up this road but there will be no turning back. We get to ride new roads, mile after mile, day after day.

I almost broke down in tears as I flew down the hill into the little valley I am proud to call home. I feel blessed beyond belief that I am in a place in my life where a trip like this is possible. It is even crazy that this is something I want to do! Just a few years ago I despised all forms of exercise but now I have discovered the joy of exploring new places on a bicycle and everything has changed. And the thing I am most thankful for about this tour is that I get to share it with my brother Noah, it is so amazing that we get to ride to Colorado together.

Speaking of Noah, yesterday was his 19th birthday so for the second ride he, my youngest brother Jono and I went to a pizza place for lunch. It was great to ride with not one, but two of my wonderful brothers. My brother Jono, as always, kept us entertained. He brought along a Bluetooth speaker and at times instructed us to sing along with the music.


Then a few hours later, it was time to go for a group ride in Croghan. So I rode my commuting route, which always feels weird to ride during the daytime and met up with six other cyclists for a 16 mile ride. I really enjoy chatting on rides and finding out the story of how different folks began cycling. Sadly, this is my only time I was able to ride with the group, I am thinking that next Tuesday I will want to pass so that I can make sure I get a really good night’s sleep before my brother and I head down the road.

After the ride, I went home while the sun was setting and the moon and stars were making their return for the night. Once again the air became cold and I pulled into my parent’s driveway worn out but in the good “I had a lot of fun” way. And I got home just in time to eat peanut butter pie and sing “happy birthday” to my brother.

Days just don’t get better than this.

19 thoughts on “Three Special Rides

  1. Holy cow, look at that svelte chick in the middle!!! It’s funny that the fitness part of our hobby is just a benefit and not the reason we ride.
    I an so very excited for you on your trip. You won’t sleep the night before though. There’s just too much excitement and adrenaline.


    • Exactly, Dan! We just go out there and have fun on our bikes and the fit part just happens by itself. Thanks for the compliment, I still have a bit more to go but I am getting there πŸ™‚

      And you think I won’t sleep the night before!?!? I have more faith in me, I am sure I will sleep perfectly fine, bike tours aren’t all that excitng πŸ˜‰

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  2. Great photos Bri and a lovely post. Your joy for life and your excitement for the soon-to-be-real tour seeps through every sentence and image! A three ride day is definitely a good day πŸ˜€


    • Gail, I am so excited I think I may just burst into pieces at any given moment πŸ˜€ Now I am off to read your blog, sounds like you have been doing some traveling of your own!


    • Seeing the cows out to pasture again after winter makes me smile and I am pretty sure they are happy about being outside again as well πŸ™‚
      Only 4 days until we leave, I can’t believe it is actually happening!

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