#FlashbackFriday - this pic is from an evening a few years ago cruising up to the Beaver Meadows entrance gate of #rmnp. That would be Deer Mtn on the right. Right now, my back is fooked and I'm seeing a spinal specialist soon. At the same time, I'm so grateful for this bike. Bike snobs may think it looks silly and say things like "that's quite a contraption," but kids think it's the coolest thing ever. You can't ride through a neighborhood without kids exclaiming "awesome" or "cool bike!" It takes me so many places and I can enjoy the journey without the back pain or neck cramps for that matter. And it happens to be fast, which can be good or bad I suppose, depending how you look at it. The body position for me invites harder effort in part because I'm more comfortable and it's easy to get going fast. But sometimes I need to slow down and enjoy the ride. I also have to get ready for social interaction when I stop anywhere. I'm an introvert by nature and sometimes I just want to stop in the store and get my groceries, but at any bike rack I'm going to get questions. It's a good reminder to be ready for human interaction and to be a warm welcoming, friendly person. For whatever reasons, that's not always natural to me, but I aspire to be that way.