So last week I met Aaron Lybbert, he’s married to my cousin Chelsey. Amazing Dad, Husband, & his in-laws really like him too, Lol
He was so exited to meet me, he asked me so many questions about my trip & wanted to ask more. (But the whole family wanted to hear my answers too). Anyway it was the first time I really realize that what I was doing was pretty special and people just don’t do this on whim, which is what I did. The timing was right for me, I wanted to see Canada so I just decided to buy a bike and ride across the country not really expecting it to influence people. I started the blogs for my family because they were worried about the dangers out there, again I did not even think of that I was just gonna ride my bike.
Aaron shared my post last night and he made some comments with his share about something that I had said pretty casually, that I really appreciate the big sky’s and I’m not bored cycling through the prairies. Those comments change his perspective when he was out for a training ride on Saturday.
Maybe I’m naïve but I really didn’t think I had that kind of influence on somebody, too think I could influence somebody else’s day. It’s pretty humbling. But when I am out there on the prairies I see those rows and rows of potatoes, grain, or beans and know that’s someone’s paycheck and they’re totally dependent on the weather. When I see a stand of trees that were planted years ago I know that somebody’s great grandparents did that just for wind break the protector their home. When a trucker pulls over to the left lane to go around me I think he’s just doing his job going A to B missing his family and he’s making sure he is taking care me too.
Maybe that’s why I really like the prairies. Mountains are beautiful, the landscape was gorgeous in BC but you really understand the people when ride by this land. In BC I appreciated them too, the fisherman, the logger, the farmer but you do get just distracted with the beauty of the land, here you actually have to take a moment or you will just buy into the attitude that it’s flat and boring.
This bike trip give me the luxury to slow life down and take it all in, so that’s what I’m trying to do. Thank you Aaron for giving me this moment where I actually realized this is pretty damn special and a lot of people don’t get the time to do something at this level or have the ability. I hope everyone just takes a moment in the day, maybe through their car window, to do just a little bit of what I do for seven hours on the bike.