Getting Out On The Mountain

In the last 7 months I’ve had so few chances to get out on a ride, it’s hard to call myself a biker. I never thought I was that married to the machine, and to the self-imposed role of cyclist first and foremost.
The result is, that when I’m motoring about (and I do this ten times more than ever before) I see the riders out on their bikes and feel a distinct squirm of the gut.
Envy?
Regret?

Evidence of some big cosmic gear shifting?

Our dear friend and caregiver David D. reminds me that the ‘self’ is an imaginary construct, and that truly we are all part of a cosmic One.
I’m very late to the sagging table of spiritual bounty, having been force-fed Catholicism at a tender age.
But these days, I’m subscribing to a notion of Togetherness (with occasional additional subscriptions to a God) simply because the idea of sharing the burden is so appealing. I pray that I’ll not be ding’d for Failure to Subscribe the first 60 years.
Anything at all to relax my racing mind.

These days, I ride Tuesday mornings, 7 a.m. pretty regularly–before Charlie wakes up–with an early bird gang of fellows who’ve ridden for at least 35 years without fail, week after week after week. They vacation together. Many kayak together…and for the past few years, but mostly the past 7 months, they’ve embraced me as part of the Over The Hill Gang. They were ‘over’ when they were young men, artists, professionals, & bon vivants. And now they’re really over the hill, modeling muddern maturity to anyone that cares to see a weathered face, rippling calf muscles and exuberant energy.
Sign me up….

michael lipson baldy

Tamalpais, fog, and the Over The Hill Gang riding up Baldy today. Photo: Michael Lipson

~ by jacquiephelan on May 10, 2016.

3 Responses to “Getting Out On The Mountain”

  1. Jacquie, it´s not in what you call it, I think. To me personally, yup, it´s hard to describe, but it is part of the reason why I ride…

    I am glad you can fit in some riding and that you met some other weirdos 😉 to share in the experience!

    From my heart: All the best to you! Keep the gears dirty… it´s important.

  2. I’m happy to hear you are getting to ride! I love your writing, keep it up! (Still looking forward to your book someday…

  3. birds of a feather – in so many ways…
    always good to be seen
    and
    rolling amongst fellow wanderers…

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