This past Saturday I rode in the VCU Health Cap2Cap bike ride on the Virginia Capital Trail, which runs along scenic route 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg. The 25 mile bike ride was part of a girlfriend getaway with my childhood friend Karen. We could have chosen to ride 100 miles or 50 miles, and we considered the longer distances. By the end of the ride, which took us a little more than 2 1/2 hours, we were really glad we had chosen the 25 mile route!
The bike ride was a deeply satisfying sensory experience. The weather was gorgeous, 70 degrees with mild winds, blue skies and fluffy white clouds. We cycled at a fairly leisurely pace, feet spinning round and round, free and easy. Mothers sat by the side of the road with their children and waved to us as though we were in a parade. A car with an elderly driver and a nun as her passenger stopped and rolled down their window, shouting blessings to each cyclist as they passed by. A father and son on a riding lawn mower halted their work to cheer us on. The air smelled of honeysuckle and fields of freshly spouted corn lined our path as far as the eye could see.
The view was breath-taking. But I didn't take a single picture. Choosing to be fully present in the moment, I left my camera at home.
And then I went back . . . to make one photo of something I noticed along the way.