Fate is cruel sometimes.
CVO broke his leg in three places last night on the tail end of the MWC ride. He tells the story well on his blog, but long story short, he was walking his bike on some dirt when the dirt gave way, he went down, his bike went down on him and now he's got two breaks in his tibia (the front bone on his lower leg) and one break on the fibula.
Also making a guest appearance last night was our late friend Tony Naikelis. He made his presence known to me several times during the ride, most distinctly as I entered and left the park (between the first bridge and the pioneers blvd. parking lot).
As I rode out of the park, I realized that for the first time in four years, I'd missed the anniversary of Tony's passing. It was this past August 11, and I suppose it'd be easy for a human to be mad about missing an important calendar-based milestone like that, but not Tony. All I felt was love.
I felt at times like I wasn't riding like myself last night. I was somehow more aggressive, more "caution to the wind" -- just like the way Tony rode when he was on Earth.
So I guess last night's ride ended up being a bittersweet irony -- and this morning I almost feel guilty for my time with Tony last night, especially after the unfortunate turn of events for CVO.
Heal quickly CVO!!