Join a Local Club
I am a sort of soul rider. A solo rider. A lone wolf, as it were. This fact is not truly by choice. I enjoy riding with others. In fact, sometimes I long for a voice other than the ones rattling around in my head. I have people I ride with but my work schedule is such that my free time to ride is in smack dab in the middle of the afternoon when 99.99% of the masses are still at work. Yes, I get up very early, dark early, and I am home from my place of employ when the sun is still high in the sky. In fact, I usually beat my kids home from school. But as I am sure you can imagine there are not a lot of people around to ride at 2:00 in the afternoon. The racer contingency has already been out – hopefully. Joe and Jane 9-to-5er are likely staring out of their office window wishing they were me. And I am kitting up and sliding out the door for a solo sojourn. Now don’t get me wrong. I love a good solo ride, too. No one shows up late. Or has to stop and pee every 10 minutes. There are no curfews other than my own. And there are only the rides I want to do. But, seriously, sometimes a little company is a blessing. So I joined a cycling club. Marin Velo Club to be exact.