Hi everyone. Most of you now know that my bike, the source of most of this blog was stolen on Friday. The most important inanimate object in my life is gone.
It’s important to me to clarify it this way. It, without a doubt, sucks-ass to have your bike stolen. This bike and I traveled damned near 13000 miles together. Rain, snow, wind, sun, and even for or hail. There was nothing I could not do, or nowhere I could not get on this bike!
But today proved to me that it’s the simpler things that are important. Yes yes, I know it sounds sappy. And HELL yes I still want to hang the thief, but I realized something today.
Michelle and I road-tripped to Corvallis today. Our main goal was to resize her wedding ring we bought here. While we were there, we bought a new bike! You will meet it next week! We bought it here to save money, Washington has sales tax, Oregon does not…
However, the bike purchase was NOT the best part of the day! Michelle and I walked through Oregon State University’s campus. We saw the places she hung out in while a Student, back in the day, and new things that are being worked on!
The smile on her face was priceless. She loves this town and the campus, and dearly loves sharing it with me. I flat forgot about the bike during our walk.
Now, while typing this, I am looking out the window at the Willamette river flowing by.
I have always loved flowing water. When I used to camp, I would sit for hours and watch the river or creek flow downhill. As a cyclist, I always stop and take pictures of rivers.
There is just something about flowing water that is calming and soothing. I love it.
Bottom line, as mad and violated as I was, one day with my happy wife, and sitting next to a river has relaxed me more than anything could have!
Now add to it, Holiday Inn Express provides chocolate chip cookies. I am in a MUCH better mood than I was 24 hours ago!
Don’t get me wrong, I still want to hit the man who took my bike, but mentally, 24 hrs later, I am in a much happier place. The simpler things in life go a long way to helping all of us recover!