#8 Bike Lesson in Provence-Alpes

stormyDidn't want to bike in the rain. Made excuses. Said it was pouring though it was only drizzling. But here I am. Glad I came, though now it really is pouring. Lesson for today: Do it! Do it! Do it! Practice! Practice! Practice! It's okay. Ride is easier every time. If I took a break, missed a ride, it would only slow me down, put a stop to what's important.

And that gets us to why I'm really here on this hilltop in a rain and windstorm; it is to write my new novel "Melissa," which by the way is going great! Near the end of the first draft but I have to do it every day. Just something. Anything. Just a thought. I try to do a minimum of a 1,000 words a day.

So that 's it. That's it for today. Got to go fill that blank page. Happy Sunday. Love to you all.

Photo Caption: Yes, it even rains in paradise

#7 Bike Lesson in Provence-Alpes

Come fly with me ! ! ! "The more you let yourself be distracted from where you are going, the more you are the person that you are. It's not so much like getting lost as it is like getting found." William Stafford, poet (1914-1993)

This is a very important lesson for me. When I ride my bike, I get so focused on where I'm going, which is usually up or down a hill, that I forget the joy of distraction. Today I stopped on a hilltop and allowed myself to be distracted. And in that moment I found myself drifting with the clouds and it was grand.

#2 Bike Lesson in Provence-Alpes

Okay here are the photos I promised from this morning's bike ride. Lavender Fields Forever

En Route

Poppy Fields in Bloom

Unfortunately while I was working on uploading the photos from my iPhone to my iPhoto I had a technical breakdown - my internal keyboard froze, in other words non-communicative. Now I'm up and running again or should I say up and writing again but three hours later!

What I had started to write before my keyboard froze! was that today's bike ride was much improved because I'd gotten the tech part down. No more shifting into first gear to go uphill. And once that was resolved I became more present, less uptight, and could really take pleasure in my extraordinary surroundings.

Today's lesson is two-fold. Tech problems are unpredictable. One just has to take a deep breath and through trial and error fix the problem. Oh and another thing is not to be afraid of asking questions to those who know more than I do. So . . . whenever I have a technical problem with my computer I Google for help. My brother Greg taught me that.