Today we took our bikes out and rode in the Mt. Haggen Wildlife Management Area in SW Montana. It was a great way to spend a summer day for Mr. RangerSir and I. We climbed too many hills but the vistas were wonderful. They reminded us of some of the many joys that we have without spending lots of dough or really leaving home. The temps were perfect. The Indian Paintbrush was blooming. The sunscreen worked. No mechanical problems. Mr. RangerSir had control of the camera and went crazy capturing the day. We enjoyed the day and each other.
My husband and I don’t do Christmas, birthday or anniversary gifts, with each other, family or friends. Instead we get gifts when we see something that speaks to us and tells us it the perfect item for some one and we want to share with them. It is a statement that you are special. My husband just told me I was special when I got my first bike in over 20 years. I had been thinking about one, and looked at models for many weeks, but last Saturday it was coming to be.
I used to live in the city and ride my road bike daily back and forth to work. It was one of my fittest periods in my life. I made that commute daily, and then carried my bike up three flights of stairs to my brownstone apartment. Unfortunately I was part of an accident with someone who failed to yield. That accident changed me, I no longer had the confidence on my bike and definitely had lost the gumption I needed to be out there with rush hour traffic and metro buses.
Over the years I have tried to get back “on that horse” more than once. Finally I was ready and my husband let me know that he knew it too. I now have a bike.
Today I rode it twice, taking little jaunts of 3/4 mile. It shows that I have a long ways to go to getting fit enough to really go out there and do some serious distance. The coolest part of it all is that this gift makes me feel pretty darn special.