A good ride

On the Towpath Trail near Big Bend.

I went for a bicycle ride on the Towpath Trail this morning.  It was a fun ride with some uphill work, some coasting, and some level spots in between.  A little like life, eh?

Do you see what I missed when I took this photo?

Without giving it any thought at all, I made some decisions while I was out on the Towpath enjoying the early morning sounds, the coolness, and the breezy sensation caused by being in motion.

I didn’t see her at first, having framed the shot to capture the trail. She had crossed the trail by the time my camera was ready for another shot.

Another blog is not do-able.  I would eventually have to give up this blog to keep up with that blog, and I don’t want to do that.  Deciding what I don’t want makes it easier to decide what I do want.

I almost missed the baby, too. (Processed in Photoshop.)

I can use Bountiful Healing (my original WordPress blog, by the way) if I need a place to explore things other than the walks, the hikes, and the rides.  That’s what it’s for, to explore things a little deeper, to experiment, and sometimes to play.  Now that I give it some consideration, Bountiful Healing was really the start of this pilgrimage although I didn’t know it until now.  Funny how we lose sight of stuff like that along the way.

Having made a few good decisions this morning, other things are going to fall into place.  Funny how that happens, too.  Looking for something new seems to be behind my desire for a new blog and a fresh start.  Instead, I can start doing what I’ve put off here.  Spruce up the place.  Maybe upgrade a few things.  Several things are going to change over the next few months, but some of them require conversations with loved ones before I jump off the cliff that The Fool dances upon.  (If you’re not familiar with The Fool, or Tarot, the jump off the cliff is a leap of faith.)

There were not too many people out on the Towpath Trail while I was there.  A few scattered here and there, some walking, some biking.  Everyone cheerful.  It must have been the beautiful morning rubbing off on all of us.  It’s the kind of morning I’ll think of when we’re in the midst of early winter, that time between autumn and real winter when it’s damp and chilly and gray, when the leaves have all fallen off the trees, but the snow for playing in hasn’t arrived yet.

I tend to be cautious when I ride, braking on the downhills so I don’t go too fast.  This morning, without thought, I enjoyed the downhills, gathering speed and then maintaining speed when the ground leveled out or started uphill again.  Serious cyclists would laugh at what I think of as speed.  But it’s speed for me, and it was exhilarating. Liberating.  Just plain fun.

My total mileage for today is 12 miles, 8.4 of it on the bike.  The rest I’ve accumulated by walking.  Yesterday I walked 5.58 miles total.  It’s a good start.

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed the ride, and that everything is going well for you in your world.

We may ask, “What is wisdom?”  It is our life itself.  We not only have that wisdom, we are constantly using it.  When we are cold, we put on more clothing.  When hungry, we eat.  When sad, we cry.  Being happy, we laugh.  That’s wisdom.  The seasons change, the stars shine in the sky, it’s all wisdom.  Regardless of whether we realize it or not, we are always in the middle of the Way.  We are nothing but the Way itself.

~ Taizan Maezumi

40 Comments on “A good ride”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Lovely pictures today, Robin!

  2. Ohhh….I got to enjoy speeding down that hill with you!…I love going fast without having to worry about any danger….and just right…a virtual ride with you! Everything looks so lush and green…is the dry weather over? What lovely trails you have to ride on…

    • Robin says:

      Glad you enjoyed the ride, Kathy. It’s still surprisingly green in the woods around here. The dry spell is still with us, though, and we could really use a good dose of rain.

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Seems like a nice ride. First and last pics my fav.

    Interestingly, I recall a student (in HS) coming up to me after class asking me “What is wisdom?” I recall giving her such a good answer, I wrote it down … so I wonder if I still have that paper. 🙂

  4. These pictures remind me of how much I now and then miss the Eastern forests. Such a riot of life!

  5. mobius faith says:

    wonderful shots from the towpath.

  6. Congrats on your tenatve decisions, dear Robin. I understand wanting to start over with a new blog, for my own reasons, as well. Glad you had a lovely ride to think things over. You’re in my thoughts.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      There’s just something exciting about a new blog that’s hard to pass on, but I know it wouldn’t be realistic. I don’t have the extra time, and it seems unfair to my followers to ask them to put up with my ramblings in more than one spot.

  7. Robin, I love the green and the deer, what a catch.

  8. dadirri7 says:

    oooh, the thrill of the ride today, thank you robin … and wonderful how things become clear when we are uncluttered and free!

  9. Joanne says:

    I loved reading your thoughts today Robin! It’s so inspiring to hear about changes, decisions, and decisions not to change but rather, to evolve. And the bike ride, well that’s another story! Have I ever mentioned that I can’t ride a bike? Never learned how. My dad, for his own reasons, would never let his daughters own a bike. Two days ago I told my daughter that it was one regret that I had, that I have never known how to ride a bike, and she seems to think I could learn, even at my age!! Robin, you ride a bike, you are my age, what do you think? Is it do-able? When I follow your stories about riding, I want to join you, but I’m a tad nervous.

    By the way, I think the deers are significant, they are crossing your path a lot lately. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I thought the same thing about the deer, Joanne. They seem to be everywhere lately. I’ll have to meditate on that and see what comes up.

      I think you should try to learn to ride a bike. It might be a wobbly adventure at first, but it probably won’t take you long to learn. I wonder if they have training wheels for adult bikes? That would be the best way to start if you can find them.

      • Joanne says:

        Training wheels? I’d probably be laughing so hard at the idea of having them that I’d fall off the bike anyway! I’ll keep it in mind though, for if all else fails. My daughter thinks it wouldn’t take me long to learn either. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂

  10. One of the things I enjoy most about your blog, Robin, is that you use it to share your thoughts as well as your lovely photos. It’s like chatting over coffee with a friend in the mornings. Thanks for sharing your proccess of discovery with all of us.

  11. jane tims says:

    Hi. I like the ‘do you see what I missed?’ sequence. When I used to bike, I found it was an opportunity to do a lot of thinking! Jane

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Jane. 🙂

      I’ve found that riding a bike is a good meditative practice (when I’m not feeling saddle sore from the seat!).

  12. Tammy says:

    You live in such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Karma says:

    Nice! I can just imagine you going “Wheeeeeee!” as you flew down the hill. Looks like a lovely ride. And how cool to see the mother and baby deer.

  14. Gracie says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin! Seems like a fun ride, I certainly enjoyed from my end 🙂
    As always, thanks for sharing!

  15. I often find solutions or advice while out walking – somehow being away from the house opens up the flow of creative thinking. Lovely to have seen the deer!

  16. I enjoyed this woodsy ride. There aren’t many here at the shore 😦

  17. Dana says:

    Phew! I’m happy to continue reading all of your thoughts and musings in one place, Robin. I love hearing what you have to share, but I get overwhelmed with the number of blogs I follow already. (I know it’s not all about me, but still.) 😉

    • Robin says:

      Actually, it IS about you, Dana. 😀 And everyone else who visits and follows my blog. You all were a big consideration when I was making up my mind about the new blog. I know it would be an inconvenience to ask people to follow me somewhere else, especially in addition to this blog. It’s one of the main reasons I decided against it. Time was the other main reason. One regular blog is enough!

  18. Carla says:

    I couldn’t see the deer until I went back and looked- beautiful greens today! 🙂

  19. Sallyann says:

    It must be at least 30 years since I’ve ridden a bike fast enough downhill to blow my hair out behind me. My daughter has a bike I could borrow, but Oxfordshire is pretty flat.
    Thanks for reminding me how much fun it was. 😀

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Sallyann. 🙂

      I hope you find a good hill some day. I tend to be rather cautious most of the time, but every once in a while it’s good to let go and have fun.

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