Some of you may remember a post about "Surprise Hill" a long while back; the hill stands as a seemingly insurmountable obstacle on the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown.
An early evening bike ride ended badly there for AA.
That was Then.
This summer was extremely busy for Ab - what with The Great Escape in Colorado and a plethora of other camps to attend - it left me feeling that AA needed some adventure.
He and I have been semi-plotting and weighing the options of an Homeric quest to travel the Silver Comet Trail from Rockmart, Georgia to Oxford, Alabama. This trip would probably require an overnight camp along the trail and the arrangement for some transportation back home.
As a first step toward this monumental task, we decided to take a late Sunday afternoon ride from Rockmart to Cedartown just to test our mettle.
We stocked up on some supplies - sunflower seeds, apples, water and the like; arranged with R. for a pick up in Cedartown, and headed for the trail.
Face Your Fears.
That is a lesson I have hoped to demonstrate - and eventually teach - our children. AA and I both knew that there were some tremendous climbs ahead of us. And we knew that on the other side of one of those climbs was a pretty steep downgrade. He still bore some scars from the last encounter with that downgrade.
I could sense a little angst in my son, but to his credit he stayed the course.
Too Much Time to Think.
Like a timeout called by the opposing team to give the rookie field-goal kicker time to think: we hit a delay.
He made it.
It was one of the most enjoyable events of the summer for me.