Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I think he had a say in the weather, because mid-October can be cold and rainy around here. This past Sunday, though, was 70 and sunny. The morning started cool, just perfect for exercising.
The ride started just a mile or so from my house, but I still got there just barely on time. I was a bit nervous about riding with a group (I've always ridden on my own before...), and kept forgetting things as I was leaving the house. I had to go back in four or five times. (How did I ever make it out the door with two young children? I guess I was more organized in those days...)
But, I made it in time to leave with the group, and didn't have any trouble riding the whole twelve miles. (I was pleasantly surprised with my ability to keep up with the more experienced riders; I'd had visions of them far ahead, me straining to catch flashes of the bright yellow-green of their jackets, making a wrong turn, having to figure out how to ride back home by myself. Not that my imagination ever runs away with me...) I did take one tumble. I started out faster than the riders around me, had to brake - and caught my pedal on the curb. I tried to correct, but hit the ground. Fortunately, all I bruised was my pedal and my ego. (my fun flashy taillight also fell off, but I didn't notice for another mile or so, and by then, it was too late to go back to get it. sadness.)
It was way fun to ride with others. Sometimes I was near the front of the pack, sometimes near the back. I had people to talk to and people to watch. The group stopped just often enough for me to catch my breath and snag a drink of water.
It still doesn't quite seem fair that Charlie is gone. He was one of the good guys and his family and friends all miss him lots; the Charlie-sized hole in our lives has not yet knit or healed. Still, he wasn't one for dwelling on what he was missing - he was all about the joys he had. In keeping with his life, though we were sad, we also laughed and talked and enjoyed being alive and with each other on such a beautiful day. Charlie, here's to you!