I’ve been riding for 14 years Kris, and I’ve experienced so much of what you wrote. But I never reflected on it until when you put it on paper (or a computer screen). Those experiences just became such a part of me that I stopped noticing them.
This post reminds me of times when my body aches each time I get off the bike, when I spend hours watching the landscape change while riding, when I cannot avoid the cold no matter what, and when I feel saturated to the bone. For a few moments, I was thinking of highlighting the entire post.
Merry Kris-mas. You’re awesome!