As you may recall, last May, when I participated in the "tour ride" for the second time, I wrote about Achilles and how I happened to be involved with them. If you'd like to read (or reread) that blog entry, please click here.
I anticipate that today the Five Boro Bike Tour will be even more spectacular because of the sunny, yet cool temperatures for the weather conditions (I've done the tour twice once in pouring rain for the entire 42 miles, and once in blistering heat — not the best of weather conditions either year, but an awesome experience nonetheless), and also the fact that I am meeting my captain an hour later than the previous years which gives me time to tend my garden and collect my thoughts.
My regular captain had a sudden emergency and she had to cancel our plans at the last minute; however, through her willingness to loan her tandem to another captain and me, and some fast footwork by Achilles, I will be riding with a different person this year — courtesy of a last minute arrangement for which I am very grateful and will discuss in my next blog entry when I report on the ride. Last year I reported on the ride with cycling related humor, ( as you may recall, but if you'd like to read it again please click here).
It is a blessing for me to remember that I am feeling much better this year because, in spite of the jokes which I posted in the link after last year's ride, I was not feeling very humorous at all, which is evident by the sad expression on my face in the photograph of yours truly that was taken towards the end of last year's race — right before we crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Even the ride could not lift my burdens that year, one of which was the danger of my losing my home and consequently my garden that I adore and for which I provide the upmost care.
The fact that the month of May (besides being a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and bike riding), was named for the Greek Goddess, Maia, who is identified with fertility, is not lost on me, I can certainly see the association — given how my garden is flourishing this year —evidenced by the photographs posted below which were taken a little after 6:00 A.M. today just before I must leave my apartment to meet my captain for today's ride.
With all the lushness after April's dreariness (discussed in many April blog entries that you can go to by clicking here for one of them and from there you may go to others if you like), the contrast of my garden during the long winter, coupled with (for the most part) the dreariness of April, with the lushness of my garden beginning to flourish on this May morning are not unlike the bleakness I felt last year at the Five Boro Bike Tour, but am experiencing the hope for enjoyment today.
In any event, its May! It's May! And the song of the same name (from the musical Camelot) is on my mind as I water my herbs, plants, shrubs, and trees this morning, and if you'd like to join in on that fun song as you view my garden photographs here's the link.