I use to love to ride my bike. I have not enjoyed that for a long time. But there was a time. Century rides (100 miles) in Colorado… Denver to Colorado Springs. The Springs to the Royal Gorge. Long, grueling rides. And the very best part… coasting at some ridiculously dangerous speed heading down the mountain. Tuck down low and let it all out. It was like flying for me.
The climb was a GRIND. But, I love going downhill. I won’t lie to you. I feel the wind in what little hair I have when I head downhill. And unexpected small stings on my forehead and cheeks. It reminds me of an old joke my Mom told me once… or several times. “How do you tell you are talking with a happy motorcyclist?” How? “By the bugs in his teeth?” I love going downhill.
I am now an urban dweller.. I don’t really ride anymore. My life on 2 wheels has been traded in for romps around the park with 4-legged companions. But every once in a while I return to the hills.
I arrived in front of the school this morning. Fridays are the days I teach/advise at a high school work study program. I am always the first to arrive on Friday. I open the school, prepare for the student arrival… enjoy a cup of coffee. It is coasting at a slow pace. I nice time of the day. Today was different.
I park my car as always, at the curb by the front door. Coffee in hand, I retreat to the rear of my car and pop the trunk. I have a few items to carry in this morning. While bending oer and head inside the trunk… there is a voice. I look at me phone… did I butt dial someone. Nope. Screen is blank. I return to retrieving my trunk treasure. The voice from nowhere… again I check my phone. NADA, nothing. And again the voice. And I do a 180 to discover a woman in a wheel chair.
“Good Morning” say I.
“Good Morning, do you know where the library is?” I am asked.
I do, and we chat for just a moment. I know where I am. I know without looking, as I face her, what is now to my back for the next three blocks. She is facing it. I am remembering it. It is a gentle walk for someone on foot. But it is all uphill.
“How can I help you?” She responded, “Can you help me up this hill?” And so it began. Our 3 block relationship. We did not converse, other than for me to share with here the location of the Tulsa Downtown Library. One block, two blocks, Three blocks, FREE.
It’s all downhill from here, farewell.
Enjoy the wind in your face. And the bugs in your teeth.