In it for the Long Haul

Three years, ago if you had told me that I’d be this person who loves not just being outside, but doing physical activity outside, I would have been incredibly surprised. I went to work,I came home, I sat on my couch so I could watch my shows and that was the end of it. I didn’t have much of a social life. I didn’t have much of anything, really. It’s amazing to me how you can be so stuck in a rut and then not even be able to recognize that person you were anymore. To think, it all changed simply because I got on a bike. I joined a Cycling Club, which meant I got regular social interaction.It has actually opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ve made friends and met a guy (or two) this way. I really only started this to get healthier, butI have achieved so much more, both emotionally and physically. I’m having so much fun that it’s hard to believe it’s physical activity.

When I started, I had no idea how much it would improve my life. I really want to take a super cool vacation to acknowledge this big change in my life and reward myself for all of my hard work.I would love to go bicycle riding anywhere that I could take the time to appreciate some beautiful scenery. Once I recover from the financial expenses of moving and getting a new life set up, I can think about riding through the French Countryside, or the Grand Canyon or something. I’ve got a penny jar on my dresser.

For now, though, I do like riding around Red River.I really want to do the whole Enchanted Circle CenturyTour this time around.I found a six-day ride that runs through a lot of Colorado that will likely be my next goal. I think the that would be so much fun, bicycling, camping, and enjoying that gorgeous mountain scenery for a whole week. It seems like the ultimate vacation to me, which I find hilarious now.When I was younger, I hated every single thing about both physical activity and camping. I was definitely more of a girly-girl who didn’t like the sight of dirt or bugs, and now my mind has completely changed. I’m still a bit of a girly-girl,but I’m at peace when I’m out there riding. I don’t mind a little bit of dirt anymore. I also know I’m going to come into contact with bugs, so I just deal with it. I feel like I’m still myself, I’m just a better version of myself. I’m so much more confident in what I think I can handle. I really feel like taking a days-long trip like that would really solidify this change I’m going through. It reallywould feel like winning the gold medal at the Olympics.

What about you, dear readers? Is there anywhere that you’ve been that you think is a must-do as far for a cycling vacation, or is there somewhere on your bucket list that I haven’t even considered? I’d love to know.