All alone... so soon?

[ Saturday - April 20, 2013 ]

It's been a while since I've had any semblance of a long ride or a somewhat long ride.  So I told the wife I was going to head out on a short ride the night before.  On early Saturday morning, before the family woke up, I prep this monster...

and went on a short ride.  80+ miles isn't something to brag about, but it's definitely more than the usual 15 mile commute to work.

As I turn off the freeway and head into the hills, with the greenery rolling pass me, I can't help but reflect on the recent event that has happened to my friends.  Normally there is anywhere between two to seven of us on a trip, even a short one, but today I'm solo riding.  This is somewhat of a prep ride for the longer
central coast ride in early May.  I don't mind the solo ride, as I've been doing a lot of it lately, but I can't help think of my friends and all of the event that has happened to them.  Some are ill and can't ride at the moment (my heart goes out to the one and he knows who he is), another is bikeless because of  an accident, and others are now preoccupied with family.  I knew that eventually I will end up doing solo rides in the future, but I never anticipated that it would come so soon.  Still I continue on by myself and wish them all the best.  Perhaps sometime later in the future, we will all gather once again.

The country side and the appearance of me owning my own 50 miles stretch of road sooth the spirit as I glide through the beautiful blue sky and green hills.

Written on: April 25, 2013
Last modified: April 25, 2013