I survived yesterday’s ride and woke up feeling better than I had a right to. It didn’t take long before Checkers and I were on our way. 50 cents worth of gas for him and a quick stop to the grocery store for me. I wanted to pick up some vitamin C tablets as a precaution. While I was there I got 5 numbers for each of us in the big lottery drawing tomorrow. Hey, if you don’t play you can’t win!
We said our goodbyes at the bridge dividing Hwy 12 in north and south. Checkers is a damn good kid and I’m indebted to him for a multitude of things. Suffice to say it was a bittersweet parting. I know our paths will cross again.
As I rode away I had the good fortune to hear Bill Withers singing “Lovely Day”;
“Then I look at you
And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day
Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day”
I’m not too proud to say that I rode with misty eyes and a big smile. I thought of all the people I’m fortunate enough to call family, friends and all points in between. Everyone who has made life worth living and a little easier for me.
The ride back to Lewiston was the opposite of the previous day. I rode mainly in my higher gears, no headwind, damn little rain and a great voice in the background saying it was a “lovely day” (Tommy picking me up at the bottom of the Lewiston grade was not to be overlooked either).
04-01-12…as a side note, I seemed to have done something to my left kneecap as it’s bugging the hell outta me. Stay tuned…