We had an unexpected adventure moment on our bike ride home today. The most interesting part was that it happened less than a block from the store where I got my panniers. Very convenient, if you’re going to break down on the side of the road.
Nothing tragic, and it wasn’t costly at all to fix (five bucks). Just not something we had planned on (well duh, that’s partially how emergencies are defined). The delightful guy behind their mechanics and maintenance counter also did some adjusting with our repair. And the helper girl directed Dan to where he could render his own first aid.
Wait, let me explain. We were simply pedaling along, when ACK! No forward motion. Something was VERY wrong with my chain. We got out of traffic and climbed off. The deputy began a visual and physical examination, then said, “wow, pretty impressive. I don’t even know how you did that!” It was at this point when we realized that his hand was bleeding* and we needed professional help.
*Black grease up all of his fingers and covering the knuckles can only hide so much injury.
We became pedestrians and crossed at the next intersection, walking our bikes in through the shop’s front door. Where we were immediately assisted. It couldn’t have gone better. Well. Maybe if the gearing hadn’t eaten my linkage at all, but ya know. IF the situation HAD to happen, this was pretty much the best resolution possible.
Since we have to leave fairly early on these über busy Tuesdays, I don’t always get a chance to flip our card before departure. So when we arrived (safely!) home this afternoon, it was terrific to see what our message turned out to be. The minute I left the bed today I had a good feeling; what I’d “heard” before rolling out from under the covers was: personal strength. Very uplifting, as well as a nice pairing to this card.
“Tumbled Stones ~
Today marks the start of a new beginning; a new way of looking at life and the world around you. Be it in your dreams or through beautiful rainbows, you are being infused with light and blessings.
Relax! Surrender your concerns to the universal light of love and allow this wondrous healing to occur.
You will soon find that others are attracted to you. Many will come and seek your help and advice for you are a beacon of light unto all. In the near future you will empower others with your love and wisdom as you help them see their own inner light and beauty. You are a natural born healer who heals through the power of love.”
Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno
and MAP* don’t tell all of the story, but they do give you some idea of where we were, or at least how far from The Burrow we rode, 9.243 miles in 58 minutes 15 seconds, with a wind-in-our-face average speed of 9.5 miles per hour.
*Be sure to look at all of the detours. The first was the gym, then the library, and later a treat, but one was that incident.