Our twin nephews are wonderful, upright young men full of strong character and conviction and they were graduating from high school and we wanted to be there to celebrate their accomplishments. So, my hubby used the crazy fuel prices as a reason to take his road bike on the journey. Really, he just wanted to ride, so he knew to appeal to my "savings" nature. Here we are just before we left. We didn't bring a camera because I wanted to enjoy the ride, without looking with an eye for the best shot. Besides, I have to use both hands to hold on! In the past, I have only taken short jaunts and I had some trepidation as we prepared for this 900 mile trip. But overall, I found it extremely enjoyable, except when images of my body sliding across the road flashed through my mind. In those instances I reverted to prayer and meditation. Needless to say, much time was spent this way!
What was nice was the full sensory experience. The sights, scents and feel of the air engulf you. Conversation is impossible so you notice minute details and time almost stops. I found myself truly in the moment. We also stopped along the way and hung out in town plazas and parks and even took a swim in an inviting river. I'll do it again and it didn't hurt that we got close to 50 miles per gallon!
For those of you who might be wondering how Sweet William is doing. As you can see he is doing great. He has found a friend. Check out Willie's hairdo. Eric the Bold says it is samurai, to protect the mane from the sword. Hmmm. Seems like someone has a lot of time on his hands.
A big thank you to Kris who took care of all the animals while we were away. Which also included a new batch of baby chicks. The first batch is doing well, so I decided to try raising meat birds. Not a single bird died on her watch. You're great Kris!