“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
It would take me too long to recount how I know Kelly and why I like her.
Let it suffice to say that we have the kind of easy friendship that never goes stale and no matter how long a time passes between meetings we still have an understanding of where we stand.
She came to town to pick up her husband, but came early so we could get a ride in together. I’m afraid she out-listened me as I caught her up on the many doings of my life, but I hope I was a good listening ear for her as well.
We rode Rustler’s, as she had never been to the Kokopelli trails and I ride only a singlespeed on the dirt now.
It was another amazingly beautiful October day and we couldn’t get enough of the sunshine, the yellow cottonwoods lining the Colorado River, and the cliffs reflecting on the water.
I ended up having more time than I expected to cover more trail [or I thought I did…I was still 10 minutes late to my board meeting….probably worth it].
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” -JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
Despite being tired and filled with the wrong mixture of chemicals (me) and not enough calories (Melinda), we rode out at Kokopelli (Loma). We climbed up Mary’s in the moonlight, and decided that though we could handle the drop down to Horsetheif, we didn’t want the climb back up.
So we lollipopped Wrangler- which was surprisingly fun in the dark! Then back down Mary’s- which was not-surprisingly terrifying in the dark! Then we did a lap of Rustler’s- which was incredibly fun in the dark! Melinda laid down some of her best times out there, actually.
When I got home, I was cold. Like, for hours.
Rode Western Rim for the first time today with Sara. Eric watched the kids so we could. It was excellent fun. We did it counter-clockwise. It had rained pretty heavily yesterday so there were some puddles on the trail, and in proper form we rode through them so as not to widen the trail. We got a little dirty. We talked and talked. We ran into Kris from COPMOBA. We found Trail 6 was like a roller coaster. We returned hungry and tired and content.