I recently bought a bike to ride along the coast and give me an alternative to driving my car. It’s been so nice to jump on my bike and go for a ride whenever I need to get out. I don’t have to worry about traffic. I am in no rush. I am on my own schedule. I get to be one with the road, check in to my music and just ride. My rides have been rewarding, enjoyable and so far solo.
I have put on a lot of miles on my bike since purchased and I realize that I am feeling a little lonely. I ride pass big groups of cyclists meeting up at coffee shops and juice bars. At stop signs I watch partner cyclists gather, talk and chuckle. I see couples on tandem bikes. I view families biking together to have a picnic at the beach.
I keep thinking that it would be nice to share these rides. I want to stop and get a cup of coffee with someone. I want to talk about the routes we will take. I want to share the sights we will see. It would have been nice to have someone with me when I fell into the street or under the bridge or at the stop light (none of my proudest moments). It would feel good to endure the hills breathing hard next to another. It would feel even better coasting the down slopes with the wind blowing past us. I realized that I can do solo but I want to ride double.
Being solo won’t stop me from riding. It won’t take from my joy of being outside, listening to my tunes and absorbing the sunshine. I will keep on pedaling. I just know that these journeys would be a total different experience if I weren’t solo. Like anything, it is always better to have someone to share the journey. It is comforting to endure the ups and downs with someone by your side. It is reassuring that if you fall, there is someone there to pick you up. It is nice to be able to get to the top of the hill, look back and say, “Wow – we made it!”
Do you ride solo?