As the days wind down, I am feeling so much positive energy and so much love. Tonight I got to see many of my closest bike friends, (if I knew how to strikethrough I would)- many of my closest friends. I was so touched by everyone's genuine well-wishing.
It's a funny thing, this bike riding. I don't think I would have ever considered the impact it would have in nearly every aspect of my life. I certainly never would've considered that riding with people in a line down a road could build such friendships.
But it's what happens in that line on the road- sometimes it's just the silence of the workout- one friend pushing another friend. Sometimes it's what happens when the line stops- maybe someone's hurt, maybe someone's tired and you offer or receive support, maybe we're all just hungry and we eat together. So many fields are leveled, except the field of bike componentry of course!
So now I'm off to Iowa. You know, I only actually know one person- Coog. All the others that I plan to ride with are strangers from the internet. I have known of them all through bikejournal.com, the place where I log my miles. I'm so looking forward to meeting the people who I know will become great friends.