One of the things I really like to do (other than working on cars) is cycling. I started doing this back in the 80’s when it was not nearly as popular as it is today. After a long hiatus, I picked this back up once again a few years ago.
Today, the weather was amazing. Temps were crisp, the sun was out and just a perfect day to get on the bike and do some miles. Today was a bit of a recovery ride, yesterday was a bit tiring so I took it easy.
On the way back home, I pulled off the road and took a breather (stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes) at a small church not too far from my home. Sitting on one of the steps I took a glimpse at the tree in the picture. Nothing special, I know. A tree.
I guess my point here is to do something we don’t do much of these days: slow down and observe. Not many feet to the right of the tree above, was an interesting monument. It was a monument erected by one of the local families to pay homage to their ancestors. What made this interesting was that it listed the names and dates of these loved ones and told the story of how the patriarch of the family arrived from Europe back in the early 1800’s.
It doesn’t matter whether you are in a bicycle or a convertible – stop and check these little ‘gems’ out. The monument I mentioned above was a bit of a surprise as was the small cemetery next to the church. It is only a matter of stopping and enjoying what is to be seen on the side of the road.
Till next time, another story from the side of the road…