It’s fall in Texas and unlike many places in the US you never really know what you are going to get. October 19th proved to be another great day to be out on the bikes! We started off with a stop at the Porch for breakfast. On the way there while stopped at a red light and Scott asked if I wanted to take lead. Without even really thinking about I panicked and said no. As soon as the light turned green and we took off I wish I had said yes. I got scared and worried I wouldn’t remember where to turn. Oh well, onwards to a great breakfast.
After eating Scott and I headed out to Granbury for the Festival of the Arts. We enjoy seeing local artist and crafters and these type or festivals let you see a little bit of everything and meet the artist. Supporting local artist and business is important to us. We enjoyed seeing several booths with some very unique items we hadn’t seen before including the above paintings. They glow in the dark. The artist had the tent set up so that you could go into a closed off corner and view them glowing under a blacklight. The next thing that really caught both our attention was some lamps made from gas piping and old glass electrical bells.
The final one was a dress made from scrap metal. I sew dresses and costumes for a living so this was fun to see. If you are interested in reading more about that visit Hearts & Home. I blog about sewing, crafting and cooking there.
The entire time we were walking around we saw people carrying funnel cake. It looked and smelt so good I couldn’t resist so we shared one before heading off.
We took some back roads to head home since it was warming up and neither of us wanted to head home yet. We went through Godley and stopped at Del Norte Taco to grab some lunch. This video through Godly shows a previous trip there. The food is incredible, the tacos are so big one fills me up and the patio seating is perfect. We relaxed, talked and enjoyed just being together.
On the ride home Scott slowed down and waved me forward to take the lead. This time I didn’t let fear take over. I passed him and then we switched places with me taking the left side of the lane. If you have watched any of our riding videos you know we always ride staggered but close to each other. Within a few minutes I wondered what I had just gotten myself into. I suddenly had to focus on so much more. Was I going fast enough, too fast, could we both make it through the light, what about signaling him to slow down in the dipped corner coming up like he does for me. It really was a lot to think about! I often take for granted the responsibility that Scott takes on riding lead. I found myself looking in my rear mirror to check on him. I led for about 10 miles and as we entered Crowley and the traffic picked up we switched up at a light. As Scott passed me he grinned, I think he could see the relief come across my face as I fell back into “my spot”. I spent the rest of the ride home thinking about it all and wondering how I did.
When we arrived home as soon as we got off the bikes Scott congratulated me and told me I did great! Whew, that was a relief. We talked about all the fears I had, questions and just the overall responsibility the lead rider is taking. I am looking forward to switching off more so that I can continue to grow as a rider and build my confidence. Who knows I may even take a solo trip before the end of the year.
Dena Hill says
You go girl! you are my hero! can’t wait to learn to ride, get my license and get my own bike!
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Thank you, Dena! That is very sweet of you to say. I am looking forward to riding with you when you get your bike.
Wow, those lamps and metal dress form are incredible! What a fun adventure!