Going home today, I apologized to another cyclist who I was afraid I had inconvenienced… As he pulled in behind me, he replied, “No need to say sorry, this is Austin!” It kinda made my day, that yes, I live in Austin and cyclists are nice to each other… and it was such a beautiful day. I like the way cycling makes me ‘slow down’ – I get to pay attention to people walking their dogs or kids playing outside. I can hear my own breathing, notice the work I have to do with my legs. I feel the wind rush past me. There’s something about it that helps me gain perspective that driving a car doesn’t. Maybe it’s actually being there, interacting with the world not from inside glass and metal. Also, it makes me feel just a little like a kid again. 🙂
Oh yeah, the giving up meat for Lent thing is going really well. I could probably even get used to this.