Visualizing works both ways

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Redwood 35104

       Recently my wife, son and I participated in a fund raising ride to benefit San Mar Childrens Home. It was a beautiful 184.5 mile ride on the C&O Canal towpath. The weather was hot and the trail was muddy from several days of rain prior to the ride.

      My wife's bike at a rest stop on the first day. Of course once you get muddy it's like being a kid again. In the beginning you avoid the puddles when you can. By day four it's more like "yeah mud!" It's a great time with some beautiful scenery. Of course there are little surprises. 

      Here we are just after going through the tunnel at Paw Paw. Note to self, change flashlight batteries BEFORE going through the tunnel. Of course I gave Sandi the new flashlight. Second note to self. Make sure the new flashlight really works BEFORE going through the tunnel.

      So it's day four. Everything hurts but I've come 182 of the 184.5 miles without taking a spill. I start thinking how many people did go down and that some of them go hurt and had to drop out. Of course I haven't fallen and will now transition from the gravel tow path to the paved surface for my triumphant ride into Georgetown. Did I mention I hadn't fallen? Missed the first transition but second one was not really a big hill. About a 6' - 8' drop. Steep hill but not terrible. My wife walked her bike down but, what the heck, I can take this hill. Third note to self, don't use front brake when going down a steep grade. Got a little road rash but nothing serious. My watch took the impact when my wrist hit. No damage there. My helmet took the impact at the finish of my graceful decent. Only bruising was to my ego because, of course there were a bunch of people around to witness the event. 

      Final lesson learned. Next year I will NOT think about the fact that I didn't crash until AFTER the ride!

Now off to visualize multiple listing presentations!!!

Comments (5)

Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Nice sounding ride! And, yes, you always seem to fall closest to the end!
Jul 29, 2013 11:52 PM
Larry Riggs
Century 21 Redwood - Frederick, MD
GRI, SRS Your Frederick County Specialist

Yes it was a beautiful ride and it was great to spend the four days with my wife and youngest son. I'm just a little hard headed and knew I could take that hill.

Jul 30, 2013 12:33 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Larry, wow! Glad you & family had opportunity to ride together for charity without major mishap, except your ego. Beautiful country side. I have hike some areas of MD, but bike riding.
Aug 08, 2013 11:29 AM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Wow!  That was an adventure!  It's nice to know that you had a great time with your wife and your son in that fund raising bike riding.

Sep 24, 2013 04:53 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Larry- sounds like quite an experience- you may want to look into the TransAm bike ride across the United States.  Glad you were not seriously hurt!

Jan 08, 2014 11:51 PM