Harbor Springs, Michigan is quaint. Flowers adorn every porch and garden and there’s a killer pastry shop, that once served as a gas station, in the middle of town. Yes, I’m allowed the occasional pastry! Another point to add to my brief list on the pros of cycling.
Again, we were blessed with a beautiful trail that ran for 25 miles. We peddled along the lake taking in sights like the one above. One can breeze along for several miles, breathing deeply, taking in the sights, smiling at other cyclists and feeling quite content with the state of things, when suddenly the earth quakes, the bike lifts and you are jarred to the core. The bike handles are snatched from your hands and there is a momentary fight for control. Roots! They muscle their way under the pavement and cause shocking jolts to the mind and to the body. It’s a metaphor of sorts. We seek to create serene experiences for ourselves and the roots seem to say, ‘Ah, not so fast! We are here to see that you don’t become too comfortable and miss your life. AND WE WILL WIN!’
And then there are the bridges. Looks charming doesn’t it? This bridge will rattle your bones and loosen your teeth! But it’s purpose is to transport you safely over some pretty muddy, bug infested territory.
The athletes we’ve met along the way have been jolted by roots most of us can’t imagine. But almost without exception, they’ve told us that they are THANKFUL for their challenges (roots) because of the opportunities they would never have had and the people whom they would never have met.
The people they refer to are the bridges. They are the people who’ve dealt with similar challenges and have come along side another to say ‘you can do this’. They call, visit, encourage and occasionally say the tough stuff when family can’t. Those people are also you! You contribute to CAF, enabling someone to have a productive, fulfilling life, they didn’t think possible.
Bravo bridges! Bravo!