Yesterday, after long preparation we mounted our bikes (some for the first time) and rode a 15 mile circuit through the hillside of Normantown, commonly known as the Norman town loop in the PACC community. Unfortunately, Charles’ bike had some difficulties and he was not able to ride.
As we left the youth home property and glided into the narrow roadway, I couldn’t help but smile as the cool air brushed against my face, an uncontrollable sense of freedom manifested from the push of gears as I gazed at the surrounding fields as I rode past. Willie was already familiar with the loop; however me, Logan, Joseph, Nick, and Sam enjoyed our first ride up until Logan had a bike malfunction 10 miles in and had to wait with Drew to be picked up.
All in all it was a good first step to familiarizing ourselves with the equipment and I believe the 2013 Paul Anderson Cycling Challenge will be a rewarding experience (hopefully with less technical difficulty).
I am excited to be a representative of the youth home on the ride because I feel as though I have something to contribute from what I’ve been taught here. The youth home has given me a chance to live my life sober. Not just that, it has helped me confront the problems which had preluded my years of drug use. I have become closer to my family despite the distance as I am from Oregon. I have become closer to God and strive now to make my family, friends, and teachers proud.