When you travel a lot it can be so nice to just get home. After California Nationals I got to fly back to MI for just a few days before it was time to head off to Chicago for Crit Nationals. I fully enjoyed sleeping in my own bed out in the country, with the engulfing sound of crickets ringing in my ears...I didn't realize how much I missed it until I had it back!
My first day back I had an amazing ride during which I almost felt as if I was in a different element. My life streamed through my head and I couldn't believe what a lucky girl I am. I noticed every minute detail of what was happening around me and just felt so fortunate and blessed. I was inspired to write in detail but with everything else going on and spending what little time I had with family I never got around to it. Things aren't quite as fresh in my mind anymore but I'm digging for a few details. I headed out for an easy spin later in the day because the early hours had disappeared before me. I headed toward Clarkston avoiding main roads as much as possible. I road through a quite neighborhood where there were a few kids out playing and a few men who seemed passionately at work on what they considered precious cars. I was on the back road into the town when I saw numerous deer who were so beautiful and so lost at the same time. They hardly got out of my way, I assume as a result of their acclimation to a people filled society. I took a detour into one of the wealthy neighborhoods where I used to work and spend hours of my time with one of my favorite clients, who were refreshingly down to earth...unfortunately they were not in. I pedaled off and headed for town again. I was spinning easily and just enjoying the beautiful weather as a few families on bikes passed along the sidewalk. I cruised through a park and saw couples on the benches and kids playing. I noticed there was a dad pushing his little girls on swings, but he was on the phone...I thought how lucky I was to have a dad that played with my sister and I and taught us so much, spent so much of his time coaching us, and just being there, never distracted by such things as cell phones...of course he usually doesn't have his on or doesn't hear it but that is not what I'm getting at. Both my mom and dad gave my sister and I all the quality time we could ever ask for! Even now they support us both in everything we do and their support and compassion for helping us chase what we are after is absolutely priceless. Thank you! I love you!
Now for a few funny pictures! My friend Don came over and we caught up on life and went for a ride on his moto bike! Don didn't have an extra helmet so my sister and I went searching in the garage...um...yeah! Here is what we found...
a catchers hemlet...
and dad's old football helmet...
So clearly the best option was my bike helmet!...haha
and we were off
Notably we went to get a treat at the French Laundry and then dropped in a few shops around Fenton. We found a bracelet that says "Find your passion. Take chances." and before I could get it Don already had! The message is so appropriate of this time in my life and I've gotten many compliments on it.
The next day my long time friend Teddy came to visit for lunch! I was so good to see him and quite funny to talk about old times and all the fun we always had! This guy never forgets my birthday...no matter what! We might go 6 months without speaking a word to each other but low and behold every July 5th I'm sure to get a call and a cheery greeting! Thanks Teddy! Your genuine and true believe in me means soo much!
It was soon time to hit the road again but I left knowing I would be back soon to get a little more quality time in 'my' bed!