We often live our lives consumed with the future. Will I move forward in my career, can I keep my relationships together, will my child be successful in school, can I obtain some material item, can I meet the challenges of the future? Today there was an enormous earthquake in Japan. My oldest son, Ryan, lives there. I was emailing with him right before the devastation, completely unaware of the threat to his life. Happily, he was spared. On a bike, the future is always precarious. As with Eric, at any moment an inattentive driver can violently end one's life. One is constantly aware of the fragility of his existence. We would all be better served if we treasured and valued each and every moment, and leave the future to tomorrow.
Today we were fortunate to experience a lovely tailwind. The 2200 foot climb was barely perceptible over the 76 miles. I was bothered by tendonitis in my left achilles, but am hitting the ice and pounding down the ibuprofen. Tomorrow starts the Rockies with a 3300 foot climb. My friends return to Phoenix and I resume the solo pedal until Austin. Ouch!