Recently I went on an epic biking event with friends. It was one of those rides, that when I first presented it, I wondered if anyone would actually wanna embark on it with me. It got me thinking about crazy bike adventures and why some happen and some don't.
Typically I find that my bike adventures start something like this...drink a beer, than another, then you throw out this semi or fully crazy bike idea to your riding buds. They ask details. You drink another beer. Everyone is excited. Your ideas sounds great and everyone wants to do it. You feel validated and super smart for thinking of said semi/fully crazy bike adventure. The seed has been planted in your buddies brains. At some point the night ends and you all go home.
Now the days that follow this night of bike adventure presentation are very important. The seed that was planted is very, very delicate and needs nourishing to come to fruition. You see the alcohol has subsided. External diseases and bacteria threaten the bike seed in your buddies brains. These threats to the seed can come in several forms: work schedule, wives/girlfriends (or husbands/boyfriends), conflicts with other events, weather, a riding buddy who lets liquid courage fuel his impromptu decision to throw his hat in only to bail when said liquid courage subsided...there are other threats but these are the tops as I see them.
You will try your best to fertilize the bike idea to your teetering riding buddies. Extra beers may help. But in the end, the threats against your idea are great and some will fall. It is at this point, that you, the great purveyor of the crazy bike idea, might start to question your own idea. The disease and bacteria that took down your fellow riding buddies may be now attacking you. You must stand strong and hold to your plan.
When the glorious ride day arrives, it will be you and the lucky few that made it through the idea growth process. Whether the ride turns out as planned doesn't really matter. Whether it is viewed as a ride success or a failure doesn't really matter either. What matters is that you had a semi/fully crazy bike idea, you planted the idea in your buddies brains, you fertilized it and it grew and on the day of harvest you are with friends, riding bikes. You should feel lucky.
More to come...