Since I am a stay-at-home, full-time mom, avenues for “me time” are very limited. These early morning runs and rides are what I look forward to for spending some quality “me time” for myself. I come back home rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Sometimes I need to wake up at unearthly hours in order to step out and still be back in time to get breakfast ready for my boys. But I do not begrudge it; I just embrace it and am thankful for whatever time I get in the morning for myself.
What I had hoped for in May 2010 was good food, fine wine, and a scenic setting for a memorable holiday, but I received so much more. What I got in return cannot really be quantified. It set in motion a thirst and yearning for life, travel, cycling, adventure, and joy. And that, to me, is priceless.