Thanks, Gratitude, and Joy
Keeping the wheels of life turning.
I need to thank so many
that have helped me along the way.
So many folks are really apart
of this and every day.
My Mom and Dad who started me on a bike
Kept me riding, through pregnancies,
Toddlers, children and beyond.
They were there to give me a start.
Put biking in my heart.
From commuting to
long day rides.
I now say “thank you!”
Because nephews with their boy scout badges,
I trained to move toward riding more miles per day
Then I could imagine.
I rode my first 50 and 75-mile ride that way
It was then very hard to do
I can do this now so…
I say “thank you.”
Only with the group of bikers
I have met over the miles
can I be riding the rides,
that I ride today with smiles!
Those who helped me to learn to bike and camp.
Ride 50 + miles and set up a tent
Actually that was a big big step,
To ride that far and then camp out.
It makes you know what a challenge is about.
Helped me navigate the hills with bike gears,
Helped to speed up the pace of the ride, over the years
Helped through he rain and wind and probably tears.
and... then more hills!
Thankfully with only a couple of spills.
I had to learn to pack a wet tent
At the beginning of the day.
To smile when setting up in the rain is hard to do.
But I can do it …because of you.
“Secrets” others knew were passed along.
so I know what to do.
Taking the bite out of the bike seat, changing tires, and riding in traffic
Are just for a few.
Someone to shake my tent at 5am and hand me coffee.
A good start!
Someone to get my bags and save a space for my tent
Someone to buy a beer.
Someone to share a sandwich
Some one to fix a flat
Someone to show me how to yell at loose dogs
Someone to watch a sunset on a log.
Someone to slow down and ride by my side
Conversation for a bit during the ride
To share hugs and their smiles.
Now it feels like there is always
A Hand On My Back …over the miles
I say ‘thanks,’
Oh thank you for all that!
Last but not least it’s thanks to my bike.
The bike was painted to look like the sky.
It answers the question “why”
By those who do not understand
“Why would you ride so many miles?
“Because the sky is blue”
That is true
Though the seat can be a pain
So can the cold and the rain
Now I ride with a bike, a map, and a friend
I love to go, to ride,
Because I Can
To my bike and friends I must say
“Thanks” you are the life key for me.
“You bring strength to my body,
Peace to my mind, with joy abounding.”
making life outstanding!
Oh. I quite forgot
If I remember just a little more
I could thank the rain for the cool and wet
I’d thank the sun for the warmth and sunset.
Is there more I mustn’t forget!
The flowers, one, some, or just a few.
Those brighten the day and improve the view.
Well is that all? No, I must remember the air.
It smell so great on any side
Makes the wind to challenge the ride.
There now I an done and I am through
I must thank YOU!