It’s amazing how many insights you can have in a short 30 minute bike ride. But I’ve forgotten most of them already.
One of them had to do with noticing new muscles on my body, and feeling them work on the bike. In what I thought was my slowest bike ride of all, actually ended up being the fastest yet. It wasn’t till the end of the ride that I noticed I had spent hardly any time in the granny gear. Maybe those new muscles are actually doing something? The next insight had to do with feeling as of yet unheard of muscle groups getting into the action to help push me and my bike along.
It reminded me of learning medicine somehow. THe more experience I gain, the more I push myself to take on more and harder cases, exposing new weaknesses in my knowledge base. If i keep this up, who knows how much I’ll learn? Or how many new biking muscles I’ll get.
But by far the best part of my ride was the short conversation I had with the two Amish boys I met in the road. I was turning back towards the start, on one of my newly discovered farm roads. Coming around an S-turn, through a little wooded thicket and over a one-lane bridge, I suddenly came upon a herd of cows strolling down the road, blocking it from one side to the other! They were being herded across the street towards the barn by two boys, one about 10 and the other about 15…dressed in identicle lime green shirts, black pants and suspenders. I shouted, “Good evening” as I came up behind them so they would know I was there, but had no choice except to slow down and help herd the cows along. The then year old was very chatty, and told me that if I didn’t come through too early tomorrow morning, they shouldn’t get in my way. I thanked him for the advice and told him to have a great evening.
At the next farm, I passed a father and son (about five?) harvesting corn stalks by hand with machetes, and at the next, I got two handed waves from 2 little boys playing in a mountain of mums.
I had a few more great insights after that too, but at the moment, I’m hard pressed to remember them.