Often in life our plans change due to unforeseen circumstances. It can be difficult to adjust to the new directions we are forced to follow, but once in a while Plan “B” isn’t a bad direction at all. This past weekend we finally had a spring-like day and my husband and I were anxious to spend time on our mountain bikes on a local trail. There are a TON of trails near our cottage and we are just beginning to explore them. While I still prefer road biking, I’m quickly developing a love for riding through the mountain trails. For me it combines two great loves – hiking and biking. It’s like hiking on wheels.
We rode up a big hill just to get to the trail head and we excitedly started down the trail. Some of the trail was a very smooth mountain path and other sections were more technical. (I tend to walk the more difficult sections. – yes, I’m a wimp. ) We were riding for about 10 minutes and we suddenly found ourselves faced with needing a plan “B” While going over a large group of rocks my husband’s derailleur completely snapped in half and the bike could no longer be ridden.
We then had a decision to make—just walk the bikes back to the cottage or park them by a tree and continue on the path by foot. We, of course, chose the latter option. Since we love to hike it was a great alternative.
White I was disappointed that our original plans got derailed, (pun intended 🙂 )I realized as I walked that I was able to see things from a totally different perspective on foot than on the bike. On the bike most of my concentration goes to avoiding obstacles – trees, rocks, roots….. Much of the surrounding beauty is overlooked due to the necessity of needing to watch the trail directly in front of you.
I began to take pictures of things I would have missed if I was still on my bike. The first was a moss-covered rock. The bright green just jumped out at me. With spring just now beginning here in South-Central PA nature is just now starting to sprout green around us.
At one point I stopped and looked up at the sky. It was so beautiful to see the sky surrounded by various tree tops. This was something I definitely couldn’t have done on a bike. (Try looking up at the sky while riding a bike – not a good idea)
We hiked to the end of the trail and began the trek back to pick up our bikes and head to the cottage. I had passed by this tree going the first direction, but it was an entirely different view from this side.
We eventually reached the spot where our bikes were leaning against a tree and began the process of walking them back. While it was definitely not fun walking a heavy mountain bike over all of the obstacles on the trail I wouldn’t have given up the chance to simply be out in nature. All in all it was a wonderful day.