She can stand upside down on her hands, ride all day and still have energy for a run, and speak some or all of a half-dozen languages. She laughs more than anything else, and enjoys riding bikes as well as not riding bikes. Resting, relaxing, and enjoying are the things she brings most to our bike tours, because she knows there is no prize at the end of the road. Still, she will beat you up a climb and rip the descent– this is some of the reason she likes such big tires. She is real good at slicing and dicing vegetables at camp, making me look like less of a hobo in a new place, and ensuring that my framebag is always topped with a bottle of local wine (sometimes to my surprise). Lael is also the best at drinking water, and peeing on the roadside without shame.
We crossed the border into the Czech Republic yesterday from Germany, on a small wooden bridge over a stream connecting one dirt road to another. This small act was exciting to both of us– to her it was thrilling. We frequently cross borders, reach towns, crest hills, and descend hills, and with each accomplishment comes a similar enthusiasm. Riding with Lael is exciting– in fact, it is thrilling. Today is her birthday. Say something nice in the comments below.
Last year Lael was in Corsica for her birthday while I was riding from Alaska to New Mexico. We did the same thing on the blog to celebrate; everything that was written then is still true, and more. Say something nice!
Check out Lael’s Globe of Adventure for more words and images from our travels.