Well, this is a line from the song “Beautiful Boy,” written by John Lennon… “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
I met Bill, Tim and Mark in Myers Flat, as planned. I tell them about the broken spokes, how timely our reunion is, and how happy I am to see them.
They ask me about my travel plans. I tell them that I would appreciate if they can drop me closer to San Francisco, maybe in Santa Rosa, and that from there I will resume the biking. They want to know more… “Well, I have a wedding to attend in Lake Tahoe and I want to be there on the 24th,” I tell them.
“I live close to Lake Tahoe,” Bill tells me. “That’s where I am heading to today. Why don’t you come with me? You can stay at my place for as long as you want before heading to Tahoe. Actually, this would work out perfectly because instead of Tim having to come with me, he can stay in San Francisco with Mark. He was coming with me basically to help me with the driving, but if you come with me there’s no need for him to come.”
I think about my plan of staying for one or two days in San Francisco before heading to the wedding. I think about repaying a big favor with a small one. I think about the saying, “what goes around comes around.” I think about remaining open to whatever the Forces of the Universe throw at me. I think about guardian angels.
“Is there a bike shop were you live? ” I ask Bill, thinking about the need to pack and ship the bike back to Florida.
“Yes, there is a huge bike shop in Folsom, a few miles from Cameron Park where I live.”
“OK. We have a deal. Let’s go! I’ll go with you. This is actually great. Thank you, so much!”
I seal the deal giving Bill one of my hugs. Everyone smiles.
I have learned to say “Yes.”
Maybe I am being protected…
Maybe I am not meant to spend time in San Francisco during this trip…
Maybe I have to spend time with Bill and his family…
Maybe I have lessons to learn…
Maybe I have lessons to teach…
Again, I reflect on how fortunate I am, and I am reminded that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
Life is good!