Saturday, July 6, 2013

The hills come alive with the Sound of Breathing

I wanted to share with y'all some photos from a short ride I went on, last weekend. One thing I underestimated, when moving to Roswell, is how hilly this area is, compared to what I am used to. I haven't taken a lot of photos yet, but here are a few that will exemplify the steep grades in my neck of the woods.

Big Hill on Martin Road # 1: There is no escaping the hills of Martin Road

Big Hill on Martin Road # 2: If you are going downhill, you can easily reach 35+ MPH here

Big Hill near the bus-stop at Holcomb Bridge and Dogwood Road: This intersection is within a feet away from where I catch the bus to get to work. On the return trip, one will have to ride up the hill on Dogwood. It is not just the hill itself that is difficult, but also the lack of any shoulder here. I may have to cross the road (where you see the white car) and walk up this hill. I haven't attempted this yet, as I am still taking baby steps.

With all these hills in my neighborhood and me being out of shape, I thought I would summarize my thoughts with an alteration of the lyrics to the famous song from Sound of Music:

My days in the hills of Roswell Have just begun, I know
A star has come out
To tell me it's time to go ride'em hills
So, I look and I wait and I listen
For the voices that urge me to stay home or drive
Yes I look and I wait and I listen
For I am out of shape Having ridden in only in Irving, Texas, recently

So, when I ride here in Roswell
The hills are alive with the Sound of Breathing
With grades that I haven't climbed in a thousand years
The hills fill my lungs with seering pain
My legs want to walk every hill they see
My heart wants to beat like the it is about to explode
My lungs wants to sigh like a donkey who has lost his voice
To cough like an old man who smokes
To change gears like that's gonna help the hills go away

But, all I can do, is breathe so heavy
I go to the hills when I am in my front yard
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My ears will be blessed with the sound of breathing
And I'll ride once more.

And, here is the original song.
Paz :)

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