Friday, May 30, 2008

Here Comes the Sun

It has been 3 weeks since the Civic has been driven and I think I heard a small whimper from it this morning. It doesn't need to feel neglected any more because this morning I received a call from our daughter saying her Grand Am wouldn't start. Something to do with the security features which means a failure within the ignition switch. So, I loaned her the Civic to get to work and I'm sure it's glad to have someone paying attention to it.

As I rode into work this morning I realized a sensation that, although I knew I had experienced it all week, I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Until this morning.

My morning commute takes me west to the far west side of Columbus, about 55 miles. This is really ideal since I'm not staring into the sunrise during the ride into work. Of course I seldom get to ride in the morning sunlight since I usually leave the house while its still dark. Pondering this inside my helmet I realized I was feeling the warmth of the sun on my shoulders and back.

Now please don't cue the John Denver song. (If it starts I may not get the tune out of my head for a while.) But I think he knew something about simple pleasures and natural beauty. There is a positive ethereal effect of something like the sun on your shoulders, the warmth that it brings. Couple that with a commute on two wheels and many of the problems one faces seem to fade away like the morning mist.

At first I was surprised that it took me several days to take notice of this, but then I realized that this has been the first week when sunrise has been at the same time as my departure. I think Steve Williams was right on target when he said that riding gave him a more heightened sense of awareness.

Ride Safe.


Doug C

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