This morning saw a solo ride, not something I do very often, partly for safety reasons but mostly I like the social aspect. However I’ve not been able to ride much this week and had a small window of time this morning so wanted to fit something in. One of the great things about going out on recent Garage Bikes shop rides is that they have opened up my horizon as to what can be ridden from my front door.
I’ve think that I’ve got a decent sense of direction and can normally remember somewhere if I’ve been there before so I was keen to see if I could remember the last shop ride which was a pretty perfect loop from my front door, most of it off road.
I was pleased that I was able to remember it pretty well and it was great to be able to ride at my pace, stop and think about how I ride, try different lines and ride sections again trying to improve. I don’t as yet know how to bunny hop but as I was playing around on the ride today I did actually manage to get both wheels off the ground a little bit in a fairly controlled way. I chuckled to myself as the line from Pointbreak came to my mind “caught my first tube today”.
What really struck me today though was the colour of green which was all around me as I rode but was displayed in ever different hue from the watery almost yellowy green of some of the crops growing through to the deep mature dark greens of the tree canopy. It was dank as I rode and fresh from a shower of rain so the verdant backdrop was intensified by the smells and watery lushness.
When I ride off road my senses are heightened due to the concentration required to keep my front wheel going where I want but riding today on my own this heightening of the senses allowed the colours and smells to flood in.