So, Tetraplegic Bhoy….
You and I both needed to get out today. I’m pretty sure if you had not prompted me I would have sat home feeling sorry for myself because I had a headache. The lawn mower wouldn’t start. The grass is going to stay uncut. The house is quiet. I’m getting moody so I just decided to sit down on the couch and stay on the internet.
Yes it is sunny.
Yes it is breezy.
Yes it is a good day to be. A good day to do. A good day to have.
Yes, I was going to waste the rest of it.
But instead I will go with you and we’ll go see what we can find. Nothing extreme or crazy today. But I’ll take you around and you can see a little bit of my world. Because you haven’t seen it yet.
No. Those are not duck lips. That is the camera. Pretty creative huh? You didn’t even see me take the picture. But it’s us. Right before we left. And we aren’t getting all fancy today either.
It’s all we need. No messing with the gears. Just us and our wheels.
I was going to stick to the bike path but you inspired me to go a little different route today. Not that anything I saw was out of my ordinary. But showing it to you, who has not seen it, made it feel kind of new.
I went towards the fair grounds. This isn’t the best view of the day. But can you see them? Way up there at the top. They’re probably looking at us. I was so caught up in showing you this I didn’t even wave to see if anyone saw us. I hope they didn’t think we were rude.
Where are all of the horses? The race track was empty. The stalls were empty. And so are the old and sad when they are empty grand stands.
Well let’s just head out this end of the fairground and go check out the base of the mountain.
I think it only makes sense if we stay where our wheels can go. I don’t know about you but I don’t like leaving my wheels unattended. They take me far. And I want to protect them.
Though we don’t want to leave our wheels. Our wheels take us far enough to the edge. And far enough around that I don’t feel left out.
If we hadn’t of been on our wheels I wouldn’t have paused enough to just enjoy looking at this. I’m starting to appreciate you inspiring me to get out.
Let’s cut back through the fair grounds.
Ah! There they are. Who doesn’t admire a horse?
We cut through town to get to part of the bike trail. I have to admit, if it hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t have stopped to ask them for a picture. But I told them about our bike ride and they were very gracious. Did you hear the one guy say, as we pedaled away “be safe honey”. Not demeaning at all, very concerned for safety.
I’m sorry but you know how we all sometimes judge appearances. I’m glad I didn’t. Judge them I mean. After seeing all kinds of picnic-ers at the park and folks around the horse riding these are the folks I felt most comfortable approaching and asking for a picture. You are a good influence Steven.
Sorry, but it truly reminds me of a circus tent. And it stuck out beautifully amidst the grey of the sidewalk world.
It’s probably best to follow the directions. On the other side of that bank at the end of the curve is muck and creek. Fun times for another day.
I have to say, I was pretty impressed with you. Every where I went you went too. Not to brag or anything…but most people who have not been on a bike for some time don’t usually stay with me this long. And look, you’re there, like my shadow.
I never worry about eating fancy when I’m on the bike. I hope you didn’t mind going here. Nothing extravagant but it was good. Especially the oatmeal raisin cookies I should not have had. You could have at least eaten one of them.
Nothing too exciting about the ride. I hope that was alright. Just a little bit about town riding.
I hope you weren’t too bored.
Spontaneous. Nice time to spend with a friend. It’s so easy to chat when we’re just rolling along.
Thanks for going with me. Thanks for grabbing me by the shoulders, giving me a bit of a shake, and telling me to stop wasting my days. My hours. My minutes. My moments.
I think I get it Steven.
If I need a moment in my life then sometimes I need to remember my graces. I need to do what ever it is I want to do. And not put it off. If it’s time for living…then I should be.
Thank you for going with me.
I wouldn’t have gone without you.