Faith….on and off the bike
Sometimes you just have to throw it all out there to the Universe and have faith that everything will work out fine….both on and off the bike.
Have you ever ridden your bike into traffic? You know, riding towards oncoming traffic instead of having it come from behind you. I don’t recommend you doing this, but I’ve had situations where it was necessary. When I lived in Austin, I loved doing a ride that took me out West and into the region of Dripping Springs. The way the route was set out made it necessary for me to ride into traffic for just a few meters. I really didn’t like the idea of doing it, but there was really no other way around it (unless I wanted to cross over a busy highway with no intersection).
Although I was only riding this way for less than a minute, seeing those cars coming at me and how close they actually were was quite intense. It was a great perspective on what’s actually going on behind when riding with traffic.
We’re cyclists on our bikes….what goes on around us is pretty much out of our control. If there’s a person driving down the road distracted with their cell phone, a drunk driver who’s opted to get behind the wheel, or a truck that’s lost control…..they could be on that road behind you.
So what can we do? Well, we can continue fighting like hell and keep pushing for safer roads for everyone. We can encourage every one around us to take the pledge of Dropping the Cell phone while on the road. But above all else, we need to have faith. When you get right down to it, that’s all we can really do.
As cyclists, we put our lives in the hands of everyone else sharing the road….whether we like it or not.
On one of my rides last week, my Wife was out in our vehicle and happened to be driving home on the same road (yeah, so Grenada is a super tiny island so that’s bound to happen a lot). When I got home she told me how close the vehicle in front of her came to me while passing…..she could barely stand watching. This was only one car, but I know for a fact that this sort of thing happens to me all the time over here. But I don’t see it….and all I can do is continue having faith in the drivers and vehicles on the road behind me.
You feeling me? Same thing goes for everyday life as well. We do our thing, we journey down our path, and just keep walking with faith that everything is going to be alright. So keep on living life to the fullest….on and off the bike, and let’s keep on making it happen. Faith.