We've all taken one of those rides in which we can feel our whole bodies loosening up and everything within us opening and expanding. At least, I hope you've taken at least one such ride in your life.
I did, yesterday. It was one of those clear, breezy and mild spring days that so many of us dream about during the short days and long months of winter. And, naturally, I took another ride to Point Lookout.
It seemed as if the sea and sky were stretching even further than I ever imagined they could. But something else happened that I don't recall having experienced before
i could almost feel my bike--Arielle--stretching her wings, as it were, and taking in the air and light. The day seemed to liberate her as much as it did me.
It used to be (and perhaps it still is) that the highest compliment someone could pay a bike is that it felt like an extension of his or her body while riding it. I felt something even better: Arielle was an extension of me and seemed to be experiencing the same sensations I had.
And, as always, she looked great.
By the way, I want to make another plug for Ely Rodriguez's Ruth Works bags. I think the Brevet bag you see on the handlebar is becoming my favorite bag of all time.