It's been hard to keep riding since my streak was broken and my exchange student program has been in full swing. Early mornings and unplannable schedules have thrown a hiccup into my biking pledge. My poor Mundo sits patiently in the backyard, waiting for her moment to shine again. Just today, I drove to five different stops to pick up the supplies for the final few days of the program. Then, I went back out and ran a couple more errands, both for the program and to make sure our family stays fed. I managed to do one of my trips by bike today--a quick adjustment at the chiropractor for my wonky back and a stop at the parks and rec department on the way home. It felt great to be back in the saddle and I can tell that my body is yearning to ride again.
The best news is that I'm going to be riding again soon with my newfound pledge of 365 days of biking (part 2). I also have a new friend joining the challenge. Sarah, of I Bike U Bike, has decided to join in the everyday cycling fun. Join us as we keep each other motivated and riding every day this coming year. We both have challenges and adventures ahead that will surely put our resolve to the test but it's just an enjoyable self-challenge. My goal is to replace as many car trips with bike trips as possible. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to take the steps that will hopefully lead us to car-freedom, like Sarah's family. Unfortunately, the giant dent in the bumper put a bit of a kink in the plan.
Even with all the driving I've done in the last couple of weeks, these students are worth it. For three weeks, our family grows and evolves with our new friends and experiences. In a few more days, things will quiet down around here and I will get back to my cycling adventures. Although I ache for my bike, the enjoyment we gain from this program helps diminish the longing.
This is us. We're fun.