On trend with what has been more typical this summer, I found myself out on a ride. I didn't know where I was going and wasn't entirely sure I even wanted to be out on a bicycle at all. I have been struggling with a lot of demons this summer and most of the time, I have to be honest, the demons have won out. There are times when my only sanity is simply to get on two wheels and let it all out on the road in front of me, but sometimes, just getting myself motivated to get out has been a struggle.
As I rounded a corner I'm all too familiar with, I knew I needed something different this particular day. I couldn't stand the idea of taking a route I've been on innumerable times and I didn't have it in me to attempt to figure out a new path either. As I continued riding, I made it to the other side of a neighborhood and rolled down a hill. I realized there was a dirt path right in front of me that I'd never traveled. No time like the present, I thought; and with that, I headed down a bumpy, unknown path.
There's something exciting to me about cycling on a road I don't know. Even when I'm familiar with all of the roads that surround or intersect it, there's something magical about the idea of traveling a specific trail I haven't experienced. This particular road was a little tough to travel because of its condition in spots, but I didn't seem to care. As I looked around, I realized there was a trailhead just off the road. How didn't I know this was here? I reminded myself it could be a great spot to return to as the weather cools and the dogs want a new adventure on foot.
As I rode the rest of the way home I knew that I may have missed having an epic summer on the bike, but it had its own greatness. I think I found ways to acknowledge the small victories as much as the bigger ones. I can't ever really know where life is leading or what's coming around the next bend, but I can always take the time to appreciate the present for all its grand moments, and the seemingly trivial happenings... and what better way to do so than on a bicycle.