It's been a long time since I've posted here, so it really is a new beginning. Not just a restart on the blog, but also a restart on my life.
My husband of almost 47 years passed away not long ago and I must set about creating a new reality for myself. It begins, of course, being based in everything I've experienced in the past but now I face a future that doesn't include my partner.
It does include the friends and family that are such a vital part of my existence. It includes the interests and hobbies that engage me and stretch my mind and body. And it most certainly will be rich with new experiences and new friends even as I grieve what I have lost.
The beginning has its roots in the past as I prepare for another big cycling adventure. The Atlantic Coast tour begins in little more than a month. I don't know that I'm exactly ready for it, but I want to do it and I need to do it. I will find myself in the company of some cherished friends that I met on the Southern Tier tour two years ago along with twenty new riding buddies that I can't wait to meet. As with the last tour, I expect that there will be many new experiences, some growth and probably some comfort found in unexpected places.
Just knowing what to expect in terms of logistics and patterns has reduced much of the anxiety and that certainly makes the preparations less stressful. I'm pretty sure I know what to pack and how to pack it. I am much more knowledgeable about my bike, bike handling, cue sheets, maps and even the more esoteric uses of a smart phone (excellent for locating the nearest Dairy Queen) - though I haven't been able to find an app that will carry my bike up the stairs.
Spring is finally here and tomorrow I will be back on my bike for the first time in many weeks.
Forward, always forward.