Is it even considered a bike tour if I spend as much time off the road as I do on the road? Life sure has been different since I started heading south compared to my 3 months of riding west. Feel free to call my journey whatever you want, I’m into the phrase, “Exceptional Bumming”. Labels are silly anyways. I spent this time with one of my best friends from home, Adrian and his lovely girlfriend, Cierra and their 2 crazy pups, Jackie and Lulu.
A lot changed in the time I wasn’t riding: the transition into holiday season, we set the clocks back, a terrible human being became the president, and weed became legal in California AND Massachusetts. The world was not the same place when I finally got back on my bike but, can the world really be the same from one minute to the next? No, not even one second to the next. What a trip it was to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to see Adrian waiting for me. I had spoken to him that morning from Olema and then proceeded to ride 35 miles down the coast and over a mountain in the cool, gray haze.
The weather told me it would rain that day but, I somehow managed to make it all the way over the bridge before any drops fell, I’ve been a lucky boy out here. Just over a year ago, two friends and I flew out to visit Adrian; at that point, it had been a couple of years since I saw him last and probably too long since I had spoke to him over the phone. I’m bad at keeping in touch but, I’m trying to be better.
Even though Adrian and Cierra had their jobs to tend to, the 3 of us still got to spend some time together, cooking, going out to eat, and watching movies. I even took Adrian out for a 35 mile bike ride, his longest ride ever and he didn’t even hate me by the end of it. We have a good streak going in terms of visiting each other.