My Riding Buddy


We had Dave Boyd guest post a little while back and he’s such a nice guy and great writer that we just had to have him back once again.  He honestly is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I hope you enjoy this beautiful little poem he wrote about his “Riding Buddy”.

My Riding Buddy

by Dave Boyd

Some days he rides in front of me
Some days he lags behind
Sometime he’s right there next to me
Matching climb for climb

At times others join us
Along our sunny path
We all ride up, down, SIDEWAYS?
Advancing on our quest.

We log those miles weekly
Morning noon and night.
There’s no use taking shortcuts.
We’ll only lose the fight.

If you haven’t guessed yet
My riding buddy’s me.
Not my skin and organs.
My Shadow rides with me.


Dave is a recreational cyclist and runner.  When he’s not cycling or traveling for work, he’s playing with his 3 kids or taking off on a run.  He tweets about running, riding, travel and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Photo c/o Dave Boyd

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19 Responses to “ My Riding Buddy ”

  1. Pam H on November 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Awe, how sweet.  Have fun with your buddy out there.

    • Dave Boyd on November 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks for the interest Pam. I might have a window tomorrow to take my buddy for a spin. The weather should be perfect!

  2. BrennanAnnie on November 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome – my kind of poetry.  Thanks for sharing Dave.

    • Dave Boyd on November 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      I appreciate hearing that. If you like to write, perhaps Darryl will give you a good medium to share. I always like seeing the writing style of others. Consider that a nudge to write above the comments section. I’m happy you chose to leave feedback.

  3. Jessica on November 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I read this just before I went our riding today and kept on glancing down at my shadow, just like someone else mentioned.  I was safe about it.  I guess you could say that I thought of you throughout my ride.  Oh, and yes I was Loving the Bike for sure.  Thanks.

    • Dave Boyd on November 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Great job getting out and making some fun shadows Jessica. And well done being safe. I appreciate the thoughts. I hope it inspired you to push hard and get the most out of your body!

  4. Sam J on November 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    This post gave me a great idea.  You should have everyone send in a picture of their bicycle shadow.  I’ve seen a lot of panda shots, but have not seen many interesting shadow pictures.  This is a great poem, by the way.

    • Dave Boyd on November 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

      I like that idea Sam. I’m always interested in new ways to look at things, whether it be an idea or a shadow, or the idea of a shadow, or even a shadow of an id… I’ll stop now.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Yeah, great idea.  I’m going to post this on our Facebook page and have people put up their “Shadow Shots”.  Thanks Sam.

  5. Eric on November 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’ll probably be staring at my shadow during my entire ride today, but that’s okay.  Thank for this nice poem to start off my day.

    • Dave Boyd on November 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Happy to give a hand Eric. I trust you’ll still watch out for objects more solid than your shadow as well! Stay safe!!

  6. Amanda Gale Kotyk on November 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love this poem!  Thanks for sharing, Dave. 

    • Dave Boyd on November 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Glad you liked it Amanda. I appreciate the feedback. We’ll have to get all our shadows together next time I’m in town.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

      I guess you and Dave must be some sort of soul brothers….or I guess it would be shadow brothers.

  7. dboyd22 on November 4, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Darryl, thanks for the super-kind intro. I’ll have a hard time pushing readers here. I’ll feel like I’m patting myself on the back.

  8. Martha A. Boyd on November 4, 2011 at 4:45 am

    What a beautiful poem, Dave! I won’t look a my riding buddy the same way again. 🙂  I remember you taking a pic of my riding buddy while you were here. Ha! 

    • dboyd22 on November 4, 2011 at 5:45 am

      I forgot about that. I should have sent if to Darryl for this post!

      • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 4, 2011 at 7:21 am

        How about this….we’ll all get together for a ride soon and take a group picture of all three riding buddies.


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