S24O – The Buddy Upgrade

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As compared to some of my recent S24O outings, this one was a definite upgrade. The key element was the presence of long time friend, Michael Stallings.

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I probably would have let this weekend slip through my fingers, but he proposed the trip and basically made it  happen.

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Since he drove his truck to the camp site, he also took the initiative to bring firewood and grilling food. My normal evening meal is finger food I stuff in my bag. Oh yeah, he cooked. All I had to do sit back and enjoy the view in one of the camp chairs he brought.

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It is obvious, but should be stated outright anyway…since I normally do these outings solo, I had a buddy this time to share the experience. Upgrade.

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He arrived at the park before me and selected the site.  If you read my previous account, In Search of a Breeze, you might remember that I sometimes make poor camp spot choices. He nailed it with this beautiful shady and breezy spot.

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I’ve known him for several years, but we haven’t spent much time together lately. It was a general life upgrade to catch up on all the family news, and compare spiritual ponderings.

IMG_5259 IMG_5261 IMG_5263 IMG_5265 IMG_5267Once fueled by breakfast, and energized by catch-up conversation, we packed up and did some riding. We cruised the park a while and ended up on some easy single track in the woods (how did I not get photos on the trails?!). When we parted, I still had an hour and a half ride back home to reflect on how much difference a buddy can make.  Best S24O of the year…so far.

 

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2 thoughts on “S24O – The Buddy Upgrade

  1. Well spoken and photographed! Yes, I agree, sharing these experiences with a good friend is a definite upgrade.

  2. Fantastic! Always great to catch up with an old friend. Mingled with cycling, I can’t see nothing but copious amounts of joy!

    Well done, Chris.

    Peace 🙂

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