I had a comp day to use so I chucked all work and worldly cares this weekend. Left home Friday morning in cool and cloudy conditions heading to my favorite riding area in the Ouachita Mountains which straddle the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. The sun started breaking through an hour or so into the ride. I was well into Arkansas by then and as I approached the Talimena Scenic Drive could see that the mountain was a bit foggy still. Ate lunch hoping the fog would clear and after lunch it was gone. No food porn pics as I mostly ate Subway all weekend. I needed to leave work stress and worldly cares in the dust. As I headed up the mountain the big smile on my face as I encountered twisty road and beautiful scenery assured me this was just what I needed. Signs that we love.
I like the camaraderie I have with my riding buddies but I sure enjoyed this solo ride. There was very little traffic on the road so when I went through a nice twisty section I just turned around and went through again. Spent about 2 hours here just ripping through curves and pulling over to enjoy the views.
I didn't take many pics on this trip. Rode to Hot Springs, AR after playing on the mountain. About 75 miles of relaxed and sometimes twisty back roads. Met some friends for supper and after a good night sleep(dreaming of riding endless twisty roads) got up Saturday to compete in the Arkansas Senior Olympics. Won my age group in the 100 and 200m sprints. Rode home about 130 miles just feeling on top of the world. For a little over 30 hours I had not 1 care in the world. No thoughts of war, turmoil in the middle east, politics or NFL players off field problems entered my mind. How great would it be to ride like this everyday? A ride like this just makes me want to ride more. I'm going for a ride right now for a little Sunday morning solitude.