Trail magic, be it on a hike or on a bike, is when a complete stranger does something for you out of the goodness of their heart. There is no tangible or monetary reward for the giver of the magic, he or she simply does it because they want to…
As we all know, I am cold and callous, it works well for me. I am not quite a “HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!” curmudgeon, but I am taking lessons to get there!
That being said, when I am on the bike, riding for fun, a training ride, or a commute, I always ask the riders changing tires or fiddling with their bikes if they need anything. Over the years it has become a automatic reflex. Most of the time I ask on the fly, and keep going when I hear “NOPE!’ or “I’m GOOD!”, so it was a bit of a surprise when I heard “YES I DO!”…. Continue reading “Paying it forward”→
Well, as you may or may not know, my big ride of the year is coming up in about 3 weeks. The RSVP (Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party). It’s a 2 day ride, 100 miles each day. With other things planned for the upcoming weekends, I decided today was the best day for one last century ride before the big event.
You know, I wasn’t going to do a post today, I have other things to do, and even though it was a fun ride tonight (I snuck in 50 miles) up and until mile 49, nothing blogworthy had occurred. Who knew that last mile would make a difference! So blog I will, but just a short one!
I was stopped at the last stop light before my house. I was first in line right at the cross walk. I looked to the left and this 14 or 15-year-old girl was walking across the intersection to my side, and would pass right in front of me. She was munching cookies from a package she bought at the corner store.
I smiled at her, as I do everyone I make eye contact with when I ride and she smiled back. Now remember, I did 49 miles after riding 18 this morning. I probably looked pretty darn tired, and who knows, maybe even hungry.
As she reached me in the intersection she smiles and says, “Would you like a cookie?”
Ok, somewhere out there is a cyclist who doesn’t like cookies. That aint me! “Yes I would!” I replied, “Thank you!”
She handed me a cookie, hit the sidewalk my side of the intersection, then turned her head and said, “Have a nice ride!” and she walked and munched down the road!
Ladies and gents, we call this trail magic. It’s when a complete stranger does you a kindness of some type completely out of the blue, and without ever being asked. Thinking back I can only remember a couple of other times this has happened.
We all know there is a lot of crap wrong in the world, and who knows if it will ever get fixed. But knowing people like this teenager are willing to share her cookies with a scungy looking cyclist tells me it aint all bad! And it still puts a smile on face!
Like the wind folks and if you get a chance, do some trail magic of your own!