American Pipit from my stock - click for bigger image
Today's ride was very monotonous as I made about 3 turns all day. The first 24 miles or so were along Route 1 and endless strip malls while the last 28 were along Route 460 that connects Petersburg and Norfolk VA. Route 460 was in fairly bad shape and there was a bit of a headwind, so I spent a fair bit of time looking at the pavement to avoid potholes and minimize the impact of the wind. For the first time, I started to feel a bit lonely late this afternoon. As I had been sitting on the bike for 4 hours at that stage, this is not altogether surprising. I spent a lot of this time thinking about my girlfriend and the time I that I now do not spend with her. When I was in New England and the Mid-Atlantic areas, I did not feel that physically far away from her. Now, as I ride further south, the reality is setting in that she is getting farther and farther away. Yes, we can talk by phone, but we all know its not the same as seeing each other in person. She has been incredibly supportive, and today when I talked to her she seemed to give me strength that I did not think I had for the last bit of my ride. With her behind me, I know that I am never alone.
However, there is one BIG problem that we face in our relationship right now. Sonia is a HUGE Los Angeles Kings fan (Yes, LA has a professional hockey team. They are a bit "soft" but otherwise respectable), and I am die-hard Philadelphia Flyers supporter. The two teams play each other tonight so we'll see if we're still together tomorrow (especially if the Flyers trounce the Kings). Hopefully, the two teams will never meet in the Stanley Cup Finals or it could get ugly in our house!
Every once in a while Sonia presses me into service as Kings fan. Here is a photo of us from the Kings television broadcast when we attended a Kings-Devils game in New Jersey (a friend took a photo of her TV in LA when we came on!)
*update Flyers won 2-0 and she's still taking my calls!