"Every wall is a door"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grocery bike ride in 12 degree weather
Over the past few days, Boise has gotten around 7 inches of snow and fell to -3 a couple days ago. Plows have cleared most of the major roadways but sidewalks, shoulders and parking lots are still tricky to navigate.
This morning, I headed out to my local grocery store with my ortlieb panniers to carry my purchases home. Being only 12 degrees and the wind chill (not actual wind but the 20 MPH I was riding) really put a bite on my hands and toes. Note to self: Invest in better gloves and socks.
It’s interesting when I owned a car and the weather was this cold, I wouldn’t have even thought about riding my bike. Too many easy excuses not to. But, when you get rid of your car, you also get rid of the excuses and you get on that bike and ride, regardless of the weather conditions. A few turns of the crank and I’m really exhilarated and eager for the ride ahead of me!
Winter has just begun and I’m sure there will be many challenging days ahead but I’m looking forward to every one of them!
Cycling has been part of my life since I was a child. Like many, when the time came to get my drivers license, my form of transportation changed from my bike to my car. Still, I continued to ride, though not as many miles! Then in 2017 I had the opportunity and honor to ride my bike (basic as it was) across the country in memory of my brother. Totally life changing! My child like passion for cycling was renewed as was my faith in the human race!
Today, I’m “retired”, last week I sold my truck, and I’m now car-free and using my bike for 100% of my transportation .
Cycling has a way of bringing out the best in us and in others! People that I met on my cross country ride, strangers curious about why I was riding across the country, offering to let me stay in their home, buying me meals, engaging conversations with them and their children.
My ride across the country was “solo” but I never felt alone. Today, I’m cycling in my community every day, and am meeting incredible people I would never meet sitting in traffic in my “former truck”.
Riding a bike, regardless how far or what the ultimate destination is an adventure!
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I was honored to be share my bike ride with attendees at the KBOI business breakfast in Boise, Idaho in September 2018, a year after I completed my adventure. Below is a video that I shared with the group with just some of the highlights from my trip.
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My recent podcast that I did with my longtime friend and former boss, Jeff Lurcook was one that I wasn't sure I would ever do. Why? Because I shared some of the most painful, difficult and vulnerable times in my life.
It's never easy to share publicly your shortcomings, failures and life challenges. I thought and prayed about it a lot! I reached out to a dear friend for their feedback and this is what they told me. "Follow your heart! Seems like you are! You can never be wrong when following your heart". Well, that's what I did!
As Jeff and I were having our conversation, I was overcome with emotions several times. Jeff's honesty and personal interactions were heartwarming. Jeff, thank you so much for participating in the podcast, sharing your life, and most of all your friendship!
Over the years, I've made many mistakes and I'm sure I'll make more. But, through it all, I feel so incredibly blessed to have so many beautiful people in my life. If you listen to the podcast, I hope you get some inspiration to pursue your dreams, don't be afraid to fail and to let those in your life know you love and appreciate them every day.