I love to ride, I really do but I do like other things as well. I like going to Renaissance Faires and I don’t always like doing it on a bike. Ren faires require so much costume and then you have to dress off the back of your bike in a parking lot. When you leave out it’s hot and you are sweating and you really just want flip flops and AC and to GET OUT OF ALL OF THESE SKIRTS WHY AM I WEARING 10 YARDS OF RUFFLES?!?!? We typically try to take to bikes to the opening weekend of the local Ren Faire and I typically spend a lot of effort talking us out of it. I mean, if the weather isn’t perfect (and when is it in April in Texas) we might as well take the car. No sense on getting dressed in the wet in a parking lot right? And we don’t want to get caught in those unpredictable North Texas Storms that I grew up with. Who knows when you might get a Tornado! And I’m the only one who grew up in Tornado country so trust me….we should just take the car. And if it’s not raining its’ going to 100 degrees and oh my Dear Zippo you know how much you hate riding in the heat. After being out all day, I don’t want you to get ill with heat, let’s just take the car. And of course if we are thinking of doing a wine tasting then we should defiantly take the car because….Safety.
This year for some reason was very different for me. We had the date to go to Faire picked out and we had the conversations about packing light done and we had plans to leave early on Friday so we could take our time and ride the back roads. Then it started to look like we were going to have storms…and I didn’t care. I didn’t care, I wanted to ride. I wanted to ride come high water or lightening or crankiness. I checked the weather and checked the weather. Mr Man and I poured over dewpoints and humidity and I finally decided that we could take the bikes. We would probably get wet about 40 miles from the hotel but we would beat the worst weather. Then Saturday would be beautiful and Sunday would be good as long as we left in the morning. I checked in with Spyderman and Zippo about the rain (ok I bullied them until they agreed to ride wet) and we were all set.
I could not home from work fast enough on Friday afternoon. I got into my riding clothes and threw myself on my bike like the Zombies were behind me looking for my brains. I flew to Zippo and Spyderman’s house to get them and away we went. Once we shook ourselves free of the Interstate in Belton and hit HWY 317 I felt the stress crumbling off me. Flying out of my life with the speed of the wind. Burning away from me and I emerged free and without care from the cocoon of my daily life. I was just the three of us. Mr Man is not a Ren Faire type of person and Union Jack and the Billy Goat Gruff couldn’t make it. The three of us made for very stress free riding. Easy to make choices. Easy to decide when to stop, when to go. Easy to know that our bikes were very compatible as far as power and speed. Stress about medical bills, about my health, about my house, about my job all gone and gone and gone.
Mr. Man calls this brain draino. I had never before really experienced the need for it like I did on that Friday afternoon where I ran away from my life, from my responsible thinking and rode straight into possible storms without a care about it. But that afternoon I had a need that would not be thwarted by such things as reality. I was riding and that was final. And ride I did.
Luck was with us all weekend. We missed all the rain on our way to Waxahachie, TX except for about five drops in Hillsboro but we did have a tornado warning that evening that caused us to spend some time in an inner room at the hotel. Saturday was sunny and moderate just as promised and on Sunday we once again avoided all the rain except for 15 minutes of being spat upon by the heavens. I can’t remember another time when the fates smiled so hard on me during a ride. I deserved it. After everything this year has given me, I was due some luck and some brain draino.
Next on the riding docket is a week spent in the Hill Country both with Mr Man and some friends. I feel fortified for it now. Let the planning begin.