My physical Leaps of Faith (previously daily*) are on hold as I heal, but I enjoyed this reminder (in a blog post from 2 years ago today) to trust the journey (photo by Robyn Elliott). I am so, so grateful I had the opportunity to serve as a tour guide with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta for a year and a half or so. And Robyn and I didn’t even meet because of bikes (see below). Life’s funny.
Robyn will be one of the 31 Women/31 Days I’ll be featuring on my blog in August in the “You Go, Girl” series showcasing women who are making it more welcoming to ride bikes in the USA (wait ’til you hear which corporation is sending every single one of its employees on her tours). If you would like to fall in love with bike riding, please consider taking one of Robyn’s tours. If you’ve never ridden a bike in the City of Atlanta, your tour with Robyn or her stunning team of guides may even turn your thinking upside down about what is really possible. If you don’t live in metro Atlanta, please consider seeking out bike tours where you live. These are small businesses doing big work and they need our support to stay around so they can help steer us into our shared future.
Warning: after meeting these 31 women, you may never be able to accept the gutter of failed imagination again. Note: Noticing that one little typo in the poem below is my way of knowing you read it 🙂 . (Okay, truth, I just noticed it myself. What else don’t we see that’s right in front of us?)
Reprinted from July 28, 2028:
God is funny. He turned my life upside down and had me Traveling at the Speed of Bike every single day for the last five years for reasons I didn’t know. So much good has happened as a result, including now this — becoming a tour guide with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. Thank you, Robyn Elliott (who took this photo while on a recent tour), for this new opportunity to share Atlanta-on-bike with the world. If you haven’t checked out Bicycle Tours of Atlanta yet, see Robyn’s amazing website here.
And, by the way, I didn’t originally meet Robyn because of bicycles. I met her a few years ago because she is a friend of my friend, David, and we originally bonded over him and his nonprofit Helping Feed Atlanta. I met David because he was in a play with my older daughter thirteen years ago. I had my daughter twenty three years ago because I met my husband after my college friend introduced us. She thought of me because I used to pass her apartment in New York City often (thirty years ago) — on my bike! Full circle! This is yet another reminder to trust the journey, even when it requires a leap of faith.
Raise a Glass to Freedom (photo above)
Bike Shorts (with links to my online shop for stuff I love and use — you may find some good tips there, such as the indisputably good idea of wearing a body camera when you are Traveling at the Speed of Bike, which is the reason that the person who hit me in a 4500-pound SUV was apprehended and ticketed).