spring time bike commute
Last Friday’s bike ride home took twice as much time as usual as I couldn’t help but stop every few minutes to photograph the flowers and trees in bloom. Seemingly overnight, my daily commute route blossomed into this colorful wonderland, full of pinks, greens, yellows, and reds.
This is my first Spring cycling on a regular basis and the season is quickly competing with Summer as my favorite time of year to commute. It’s probably the much longed for change from cold and dreary to colorful and alive that makes the beautiful weather and trees in bloom all the more poignant. Summer, coming after this beautiful season, will have to compete with some pretty amazing scenery, whereas Spring is easily outshining what seems like a long and painful Winter before it.
I live in a college town and now that the semester is over, students are leaving for the Summer and everything is slowing down. Less cars, less traffic, less people. But while campus feels like it’s hitting a Summer time slumber, the town’s trees and parks are just coming to life. It’s such a funny juxtaposition.
I’m looking forward to riding with less cars around and to enjoying the days by staying as much outdoors as possible. I’m starting the last trimester of my pregnancy and I plan on relaxing and relishing these last few months now that the academic year is over and I can work on getting our home ready for baby. And I want to write one more chapter of my dissertation before she’s born. So the next few months will be dictated by the rhythm of writing, riding, and waiting for our little girl to be born.
How are you experiencing Spring this year? ~ S.