23 Miles. Yes It’s Charlie’s Longest Bike Ride Yet
No photo as I was at work teaching my 4-in-a-row.
Actually, they could have done 24 miles—it was just one more mile to the end of the trail—but, as Jim noted, Charlie seemed to be getting nervous as the ride went on and on.
Too, the very greatness of the achievement (I'm just going to call it that) seemed to make Charlie apprehensive. He's not in any way competitive, not trying to beat anybody in anything. If Charlie rides his bike long distances, it's because he likes to, not with an eye towards competing in road races or being the best. Charlie rides for the sake, the joy, of riding.
He wanted an extra-big lunch on the way back which was more than called for (plus, Charlie is not much of a breakfast eater, so that lunch was really his first meal of the day). Also more than called for was the long nap he took on returning home.
But whether or not another 10-miler was called for after he woke up from the nap?
Well, certainly yes, the way this summer and Charlie's liking, or need, or zest for, riding his bike and being out in the open and active have been shaping up.
For the first time in our travels with Charlie he is self-motoring at unprecedented levels and really going the distance. I'm honestly not sure how far he's going to go. Those 33 miles today didn't exactly seem possible even a few months ago—when I renamed this blog We Go With Him, I wasn't thinking about anything like this summer on the road!
On a bit of different note, something I would not have wanted to have thought would occur at Care2.com: The San Francisco parents of an autistic child have been charged with misappropriating $400,000 meant for autism services from their school district and insurance companies. What were they thinking or, perhaps it'd be better to say, not thinking?