Thursday, June 23, 2011
For those of you who missed it, this is the quarry I passed on my solo 125km ride the previous Sunday from now. I was in northwest Cabarrus County, about as far away as Jerry's cue took me when just below the road at a steep angle was the most perfect looking swimming hole I've seen in years here in North Carolina. There was no way I could stop then, I had to keep pedaling for the house was still hours away.
The next day however I had the chance to surprise my kid with a clean cold water swim transfer. Before we left she kept asking questions about what it was going to be like. She understands completely how polluted the water in our county actually is and wanted to verify that she was not going to be let down after having to spend an hour in the car each way. Google earth satelite imagery a few hundred feet above the deck was all she needed to see before suggesting that we leave right away. So, we did.
It was hard to believe how far away the spot seemed by UN Montero as compared to my bike ride. That place is out there. I found myself reminding her each time she asked about how much longer was it going to take to get there that just the day before I had made it on my bike and home, it cannot be that much farther. Finally, the spot. A short descent down a steep and a scan of our selected place along the water's edge. Safety first. There were no postings and we happened to be the only ones there for just under two hours.
Earth like lunar planet (like plan it) landscape, clean smelling cool water. Sun blast information disc heat on shoulders creating a happy kid disappearing under the surface of molecular water. I really felt for a split second that I was in the sacred place of Utah while knowing damn well I was in the center of the Tar Heel State. The dry wind felt amazing on my wet skin when I walked out of, not on the water. Bright sun photon light energy (E=MC2) blasted us as we frolicked. Warmth and quiet looking with birds flying high above.
My kid continues to amaze me with the way she receives her natural surroundings. She is older now, being pulled between the safety of being a small child, naive to the aggressive nature of the agenda above us and stepping out into her own reality check. Beauty in feeling what her emotional capacity has to offer makes her bright eyed, especially in the water which is one of the three colors that makes up her earth colored eyes.
Now I know why I went on that long ride alone...