“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

I would add to that list “Shred with confidence” because that’s what today was all about. After our educational exertions of yesterday, we were able to apply our knowledge with actual real-life students this morning and afternoon.

It was so so so much fun to get my teaching skills back out of the tool box and whip up some fun action with these students. Without going into too much detail I will just leave these points:

• These people I have met this weekend have made all the difference. Teaching with Andrew and Bill was a profound experience with many concepts and examples that will be integrated into my own skill set.

• It was exhilarating to watch these students- a mix of experience levels and ages- find a comfort level on their bikes and open up to us by the end of the day.

• I felt so much gratification and gratitude in and for my teaching skills, and for the open acknowledgement that I received.

After many others had left for the airport and their homes in distant lands, five of us were left to head back to the house on the hill. We only sat there momentarily when a ride route was determined and off we set- down the road at 40 mph then onto the beautiful singletrack of the Mid Mountain trail.

We followed this ribbon of heaven through stands of aspens, groves of pines, and open grass-embraced hillsides where the immensity of the land stretched out below us in majestic folds and ripples.

My companions, Andrew, Bill, and Aristotle were ideal company, and patient with my tired body. Chris was our savior who drove the van down to shuttle us back up to the house. It was time for me to go on- drive to spend the week with my family- and I was hesitant to leave.

When would I be able to ride with peeps from New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin? We even met a guy on the trail from Washington. So neat.

Guys, if you’re reading this- thank you so much for being a part of this incredible experience. Thank you for sharing and shredding up this little slice of heaven on earth. Thank you for being the teachers and estimable people that you are. When I start to feel that the world is going toward the darkness, I will think of you and see the light.

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