Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Blog Challenge: Take a Slow Ride
And that is why I ride.
It is why I started riding in 2007 and it is what will keep me riding until I can ride no more.
A slower pace of life. The life I found living out in the country for 7 years. The joys of riding that I experienced riding my first Ruckus.
The little things.
Seeing a family of racoons watching me from a tree on the side of the road.
Watching a flock of bluebirds rise up from a bush along the lane.
Greeting cows who gaze at me and my scooter as we pass by their pasture.
Tracking a flock of geese as they glide overhead.
Parking on a bridge and listening to the bubbling sound made by the water rushing below.
Smelling honeysuckle vines, woodsmoke, and outdoor grills wafting on the summer breeze.
On my Ruckus I visited the organic farm and picked tomatoes, hauling home bags of them in the basket.
I shopped the Amish market and lugged home bags of dog food and bird seed on the floorboard.
I visited neighbors on my narrow ridge road and sat out on their porches and drank coffee and talked about nothing in particular.
I cruised the moonlit path to my neighbor's house and fed and let her dogs out while she was on vacation.
I even herded Holstein cows that had gotten out of their pasture and helped round them to the barn!
During all of these experiences I was not going over 43 mph.
During all of these experiences I found a oneness with my surroundings, a deep sense of belonging, a quiet peace, a profound joy.
THAT stuff is what got me hooked on riding a scooter!
Finding that slower pace of life that had become lost in a cage which was always in a hurry.
I knew even when I named my blog "49cc scooter life" that in some intuitive way there was something very special to this slower pace of life experienced on a scooter.
But then I got side-tracked by the notion that somehow I'd be better off going faster and going further than I had been on a scooter up to that point.
I should have remembered what I'd learned living among the Amish for 7 years-that staying close to home and going slowly and mindfully was a richer experience than going faster and becoming distant and losing perspective.
Blog challenge: try a really slow ride on your scooter or motorcycle or bicycle and notice the little things, the little joys around you that you might miss if you were zooming by in a hurry.
THEN, share a photo and tell us about your experience of slow riding and the little sights and experiences you enjoyed at a slow, leisurely pace.