I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve taken an entire week off from work all at once, not to mention anything longer than that. But I had vacation time that needed using (so that I didn’t lose it at the end of the fiscal year), so I took not just a week off, but eight days. It’s definitely the longest I’ve been off work since I left school.
Originally, I’d thought I’d get a lot of things done around the homestead, but I quickly realized that what I really wanted to do was just ride, relax, and ride some more. So that’s what I did.
I’d originally thought I’d blog as I went along, but it turned out that I needed a break from that as well. So be it.
The riding days basically went like this:
- Wake up, drink coffee, eat breakfast
- Ride for 3-6 hours
- Eat lunch, drink a beer or two
- Relax on the couch with a movie or a book
- Spend the evening with my wife
In other words, a perfect way to spend one’s time. I did that for more than half of the days I was off. I’d had some larger plans for the entire time, like riding each of the bikes I own, getting more wrenching done, and riding more off-road, but some very high heat and a nasty summer cold kept things a little more reasonable.
Between the Powderhorn 24, five road rides, and several bouts of knocking around town, I racked up more than 350 miles while I was off work.
Not a huge amount in the greater scheme of things, but not bad given the year that I’ve been having so far.