I’m an introvert and also a bit of a homebody. I prefer to be in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about being bothered. However, I’ve always enjoyed nature and being out in the sunshine. I like to sit outside on my work breaks, and I realized how much of a mood booster it is, even just being out for a little bit. That’s when I came up with the idea that I was going to purchase a bike. I used to ride a bike almost constantly when I was a kid. I loved it, and I’ve been missing it for quite a while now. I thought it would be a great idea to get me out of the house more, get more exercise, and boost my mood all at the same time.
I went to several stores before making my decision to purchase the black and blue Huffy bike. There were a couple bikes I found online ahead of time that I really liked, but unfortunately I could not find either of those in the stores. I did find a teal Schwinn bike in one of the stores that I really liked, but it was almost $200, and I did not want to spend that much since I still have some medical bills to pay. I’m pretty happy with the bike I chose though.
I took it out for a spin today and rode to a nearby park called Devil’s Backbone. The ride there was a breeze. I was able to just cruise most of the way, and it was quite fun. I stopped there at the park to relax for a little while. It was calming just sitting by the water, taking in the smell, and feeling occasional trickles of water splashing onto me. I took some photos while I was there.
The ride back to my house was less fun. I had just started my journey back when something creepy happened. I noticed a white SUV pull over near where I was. I didn’t think much of it because there was water there and people fishing. I stopped and just sort of looked at them wondering what they were doing. Then I got back on my bike and kept moving. That’s when I noticed they pulled out at the same time I started to go. I watch a ton of crime shows all the time and I’ve seen stories of women walking, jogging, or biking and they get abducted. I felt my heart race as the vehicle came up slowly behind me. I breathed a sigh of relief as they went past me and went on their way. Then I end up seeing a white SUV go slowly by me once more. I was sort of freaked out and can’t be certain it was even the same vehicle. Thankfully nothing happened. I’m still alive and was not abducted. The vehicle was most likely going slow because they saw me with my bike and wanted to be cautious. I tend to think the worst at times though.
The journey back was also rough because a good chunk of the ride involved going uphill. I had to get off my bike and walk up the hills because I just didn’t have the strength to pedal at that point. By the time I made it home I was sweaty, out of breath, and my legs felt like jello. It was definitely a good workout though, and I was proud of myself for completing my first journey on my new bicycle. I look forward to many more. I’m definitely going to have to get some pepper spray and a switchblade knife though. Just in case.