Jay’s been wanting to do a several-day bike trip for a few years now. I’d been dragging my heels a bit because every time we would go on a bike ride and hills were involved (which, in our neck of the woods is pretty much every single time) I felt like I was going to die within roughly three minutes. So I couldn’t really imagine trying to ride all day long for multiple days in a row.
We started going out on more and more short rides, and I realized I really enjoyed it, and I even began to conquer my hatred and fear of hills. We worked up to doing a 50 mile ride two weeks ago and deemed ourselves ready for a trip.
We rode for four days and covered 300 kilometers, making a loop throughout our region of the Saône-et-Loire. Yes I was saddle-sore, yes I had to squelch my grumbling during a 25-mile hilly stretch (and when our 65 kilometer day turned into a 98 kilometer day), and yes sometimes biking for hours on end does get a bit boring. But mostly it was just incredibly satisfying to journey through the countryside with Jay, enjoying the beauty, the challenge, and the discovery together. I’d do it again.