How do you organize a family vacation that balances the needs of two young children, a spouse who wants to relax at the pool and spa of a luxury resort, and yours truly, who wants to ride as much singletrack as possible?
Until then I'll just keep peddling along. Always forward, never back. Although the next hill might be steeper than the last, at some point I'll get to coast. And if it gets too hard, I'll just take a quick break and admire the beautiful scenery for a while. It really isn't a race anyway.
When a friend first told me about this amazing trip, "Pilgrimage of Walking Prayer, Magic, Miracles and Mystery on the Camino", I thought there is no way I could afford to do that! Walking the El Camino in France and Spain?
One of the joys of mountain biking is that over time you become intimate with the trails. You get to know their nuances and rhythms: a root here, a stone there, now a steep dip and a sharp turn, and then the view of the water through the trees. It becomes familiar, like a trusted lover.
When a holiday weekend comes around, you need to take advantage of that extra day off and spend some time outside. Whether you're into hiking, camping, biking, climbing or fishing, there is something for everyone on this list.
Hostel living reminds me of one particular tour adventure I had. We were touring Ireland with the band, and we played a bar gig somewhere in the country where the fee included housing. Whoa. Never in my life had I stayed in such a place.
I would never have attempted this race if I had still been caught up in the language of my childhood, the narrow labels by which children learn to define themselves and by which those children, once grown, often continue to define themselves -- the slow reader, the inept athlete.
I don't know the answer. Not for you. Barely for me. Except that it's my life, so I'm experimenting on myself. Fine tuning the dial. Sometimes I get it wrong and I've just plain suffered and am unhappy. But other times ... make room for my joy.