Notes From Away

We rode a hilly eighty miles on scenic back roads between Hudson, NY, and Amsterdam, NY.  The route avoided big towns and, as it turned out, many stores and restaurants in the villages we passed through were closed because it was Monday. So we stopped at a car repair garage to ask for water. We asked a store manager if we could use the restroom despite the big sign on the front door saying they did not have public restrooms. Putting ourselves on the road with just our bikes and whatever we can carry forces us to interact with and ask for help from strangers, something I would not normally do.  It’s a valuable experience…to see how generous and kind people can be. It’s so easy to be cynical. My skepticism and easy suspicion were replaced with deep gratitude for the small kindnesses offered. I hope some of this positive energy will remain when we return to real life.

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