Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against the wall when I’m trying to do whatever and whatever isn’t happening. Such as one morning when I hit my head against the wall LITERALLY-speaking.
I’m an avid bike rider. Not the typical pedaling by body power alone. My bikes are electric ones and yes, I do have more than one or two. Okay, it’s one of my obsessions.
Now when a bike and a brick wall meet head-on, it isn’t the wall that is worse for wear.
I was riding on my town’s so-called Heritage Trail. All was well until I approached the area where there is a water fountain pit stop. It’s a shaded area where there are places to sit and a narrow, round sidewalk with four or so brick wall posts. I should have stayed on the main trail where the sidewalk is wide, but I ventured off on the narrow sidewalk going in a circle. Unlike my two other bikes, this one, a Swagtron, only goes one speed when I’m pedaling – 15 mph. I lost balance as I was going around the circle. I could see I was running into the brick wall but I wasn’t quick enough to turn my handlebar or hit the brake!
I put the blame squarely on Billy (my nickname for Asperger’s/Autism). One of Billy’s traits is NOT being fine on either fine or gross motor skills and to add insult to injury, off-balanced too. So I’m not quick on my feet. Thus, a bruise comes as no surprise when I spot one on me. Having both a lack of motor skills and an obsession with motor scooters/bikes presents a conflict! It’s too bad I couldn’t have come up with another obsession, such as stamp collecting, that didn’t rely on motor skills so much.
It’s discouraging at times to know my balance and motor skills have not improved with almost 2 years of riding practice. I’m not so bruised that I am putting my two-wheelers to rest though. Just the cost of them alone is persuasive enough to keep pedaling. I can learn from each accident. Hours after I had medicated and bandaged the scratches on the left side of my face, I took Swagtron for another ride. This time at another place where I stayed riding on a BROAD sidewalk that didn’t go in a circle. Billy and I had a blast!
A day or so later, there was a full house over here for lunch where I live with my Mom. My grand-niece Sadie and nephew Parker wanted to go outside and ride members of my e-bike herd. Sadie didn’t try riding Swagtron. I guess it was the blue knot above my left eye that persuaded her to stick to one of my Segway scooters instead. Smart girl, that Sadie!