Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simplicity? What's that?

I thought the concept for tonight’s ride was easy to understand: Street clothes, fat bikes, wine, slow speeds, and no destination. Just riding around. Like when we were kids (but with wine). Hell, I made the whole thing up in about 15 seconds.

But then text messages were sent and phone calls were made.
Julie understands.
My friends were confused. What does this mean? What is Tim up to? Are you riding to a bar? Are you going somewhere to eat dinner? What is this all about? Where are you going?

One person didn’t ask why. Julie’s only question was elegantly simple: “When do we start?”

There was no conspiracy. No big mission. We just poured some wine into water bottles and aimed our bikes toward anything that looked interesting. We
found singletrack in the woods less than a mile from my new home. We saw a moose with twin, month-old calves. We drank some wine, swatted some mosquitoes and found a street connection I’ve been curious about. We shot the shit and indulged in the lost art of pointless, destination-free fun.

I think people tend to forget that bikes can be a great source of simple, stress-free pleasure. Fortunately, Julie hasn’t lost sight of that.

Maybe I need to organize more of these unorganized rides, because fun needs to be had, and cages need to be rattled.


Anonymous said...

Love this! I couldn't agree more. There's just something about riding a fat bike at ANY time of year that puts a big dumb grin on my face for hours.

Add wine and cruisin' trails aimlessly with friends? You've got yourself a recipe for summer happiness.

Definitely plan more of this. (And good for Julie- sometimes, the simpler things are, the more some folks get confused.)

Julie said...

Disorganization is my specialty, have you seen my garage?

Fun ride. I think we should do more of this.

Unknown said...

Please, please, please tell me you weren't sporting skinny jeans too. Julie can pull them off, but not you.

Debbie said...

I hope Leonard was there in skinny jeans.

Tim said...

I borrowed a pair of skinny jeans from Julie. I'm not ashamed of my muffin top.

Vito said...

I love the concept:) Cheers!!!!