Overdue Bike Ride In The San Bernardino National Forest
A few weekends ago I was able to break away from my house and go for a beautiful, long overdue ride on our Shadow. I wasn’t gone more than a couple of hours, but it was much needed and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, the freedom from technology, the fresh air, and just being able to enjoy the scenery with no other noises (except the voices in my head, which I managed to shut up for a little while). As I rode I just thought about absolutely nothing for a while, then I thought about how extremely grateful I am for my family and everything I have, and even to work on a few things in my head that’s going on in my life right now. It was exhilarating, beautiful, relaxing, and something that I know I need to do more often just for my sanity.
I didn’t know where I was going…I just got on the bike and rode. I went up the main street through Hemet (Florida/74) and ended up going into the San Bernardino National Forest toward Idyllwild. The roads wrapped around the mountain and I felt so free climbing up that mountain. I only went a short way up as I knew that my family would soon need me back home to cook dinner, clean up, and just be Mom and Wife. I stopped at a couple of turnouts and took a few pictures.
The first turnout had a beautiful view, but as I was taking pictures I noticed something odd…there was a motor home in the canyon below, along with another structure of some kind. Yes, somebody lives down there. Definitely not something I see everyday!