In a little 'pre-birthday month celebration' action... I decided to do something I normally wouldn't! So this past weekend, I took a huge leap outside of my comfort zone and landed on a bicycle! Oh... and it was transformational.
In Virginia no less! My friend Caroline (and my former Bishop even though he didn't even show up) organized a group of us to ride the Virginia Creeper Trail...
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34 mile trail near the corners of Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. We rented bicycles and took a shuttle to the top of the hill at Whitetop Station to ride the 17 miles back to Damascus.
Allyson and I waiting for the shuttle
Then we rode downhill (Caroline wasn't kidding when she said it was downhill the whole way!) with a view of gorgeous trees and running water.
Britt checking back on me to make sure I'm still there! She's the best!
Climb that tree Katie!!
I said, "Hi," to some of my peeps in Taylor's Valley!
While I spent most of my time concentrating on not falling off the bicycle or running over other people, I did take time to enjoy my surroundings and take in the beauty and calm. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure! I even learned a little bit about how I obtain such a leisurely pace on a bicycle... apparently I don't pedal the bike until I'm about ready to tip over (at least in Andrew's opinion! - though he's probably right)
Thanks Caroline, for encouraging me to do something daring...
Thanks Katie and Britt for also staying with me...
I'm so glad I didn't die!