Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another Just Because....

I went for a bike ride today, 2 year old in tow. He wouldn't settle for his nap, as is often the case, and the sun was out, as it not so often the case, so I decided to seize the moment and go for a ride.

So I buckled him into his "trailer" and we set off.

I love where I live. I do. A lot of people have a bad image of this area of France for various reasons, but I love it. We've only been here for 9 months, but it feels like home. It feels right.

I have my favourite route that I used to take from our rental house and decided to go that way today despite its being slightly further now from our new house. Off we went.

It was lovely. I peddle through farmlands, past old flemish-style farm houses, fields of horses and cows and corn. As I peddled, the sky turned from blue with a few clouds to a hazy grey, warning of impending rain, often the case where we live. And then the wind picked up as well and peddling became slightly more difficult. But I love the feeling of the cool wind on my face. Revitalising.

I so enjoy the views of open fields, the flatness of the land doesn't detract from it for me in the least.

Of course, I went a bit further than maybe I should have towing a 4kg trailer and 10kg 2-year-old and the return was challenging, to say the least. I was a bit tired. Okay, I admit it. I was relieved when my son threw his cuddly toy out of the trailer and I had to stop and go back to fetch it. Any excuse at that point to stop peddling. And I did end up dismounting and walking the bike and trailer home for the last 10th of a mile. And my legs are slightly sore and I'm a bit tired.

But it was worth it. It was lovely. Although next time, I may not go as far.


Rosebud Collection said...

That sounds like a wonderful place.
Something ,I would enjoy biking, which I haven't done in years..wouldn't dare do it here..even though it is country, the roads are too narrow and a car could hit you..But make sure you take it slower next time.

LeAnne said...

Sounds like a lovely way to spend and afternoon.

kraplap said...

sounds very familiar to me. I end up quite often soaked wet after my bike trips with my dog in the bike basket. I can start to rain here so suddenly....