Monday, March 31, 2008

With A Heavy Heart...

...I feel compelled to share some bad news. I was out riding on Sunday afternoon and came to a realization that made me stop, sit down in a ditch, and really examine what is going on in my life. I sat there and watched the wind blow through some tall grass, watching the way that the grass would bend when the wind blew hard, but not break off. It seemed to me that my life has become brittle and unlike the grass. I am no longer able to bend instead of break, and I think that the time and energy I have wasted on riding my "big boy bike" could have been better spent working harder, or planning for things that might pop up unexpectedly, or trying to correct any of my personality flaws which have kept people from liking me. You can never be too cautious these days, and I have better things to do than ride around empty headed just looking at grass and rocks. So, that being said, I am hanging up bike riding and the bike mania that I have spent so many years crafting. It's just not fun anymore. If you guys know of anyone who would benefit from a couple of free bikes, I will take a last weekend and distribute my 25+ bikes around to different people. Just check my comments section for more details as they become available. Thanks for reading, and might I say, I have enjoyed this post more than any of the posts I have put up since I started blogging. Thanks to all who have shared their "passion" for what they believe to be a wise use of their time. Goodbye.

12 comments:

Travel Gravel said...

Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnnn! You do realize that it's April fools don't you?! Sorry, but I couldn't resist. The truth is that I went for a ride Sunday, stopped in a wind break, had a Sam Adams 24 oz.er, and thought about how cycling has kept me happy, de-stressed, and able to deal with change and adversity. I am more like the grass with every mile I ride! I LOVE bike riding and it has shaped me into the person I am today. Unique, quiet, calm. As for the free bikes, sorry, no way. I love them all in one way or another. Sorry again if I freaked anyone out, it's all in good fun! Later!

Anonymous said...

Foolish! You posted this on March 31st so I guess the joke is on you?

Paul said...

You got me! I am glad all is well!

Some days I feel the exactly how you wrote. It is usually at about 1 in the morning after riding for 15 hours though!

Take care!

Paul Varnum said...

This was the second "bike addict and I'm going to quit" post that I've seen today. I didn't beleive either of them.

Travel Gravel said...

Had to post it early because one of my sometimes readers, Squirrel, is an early bird, and I wanted to try to "get" as many people as possible. Still, the joke IS on me because only 3 people checked on my blog today, burn! Why don't you buy a bike and come out to the gravel sometime? Later!

Steve Fuller said...

I have plenty of room in my garage for wayward bikes. They will get ridden. Please contact me with details ;)

Carney said...

Damn you!!!

By the way.... longs is clearing up so stay tuned for some surly action from the summit!!

Travel Gravel said...

Roger that Andrew, Klear Above, View Unlimited! Watching Into The Wild later, Iknow it will change me. Later!

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Squirrel said...

So I'm here now increadibly late, I almost fucking cried thinking dear God what has happened to my biking brutha that would screw him up beyond cycling belief. Then I noticed the date and thought I wonder....then I clicky comments...and relief was there:) You heading to the first race this Sunday?

Peace

Travel Gravel said...

Squirrel, of all people to check in late! You're the reason I put it up the night before, cuz I know you're up at all hours! I couldn't quit bikes if I had to, as you also feel I'm sure. Not racing until Decorah, which, if I'm not mistaken, you have never rocked out on? Have fun if you go Sunday. Great pics! Later!

Squirrel said...

Yup no Decorah yet:) I'm staying local too this weekend, 5 days from the family...need to hang out for awhile now.

Peace