Every week I pull a card from a combined deck of Brian Froud’s The Faeries’ Oracle and The Heart of Faerie Oracle. This week is from The Heart of Faerie, The Challenge.
During my bike ride Saturday I accepted a challenge, although I hemmed & hawed about it. I had two options for my route. A 13 mile out & back I’ve ridden plenty of times before, or do a lap around the lake, which would be around 17 miles. I had never ridden on the west side of this lake, but I was feeling good, keeping my heart rate in the “green” led zone on my cycling computer.
I thought the lap was doable but new and unfamiliar. It was early enough there was very little traffic. A few fishermen here and there, people walking and other people on bikes (not the cyclists I expected to see but later I learned there was an event happening the same day) This would be the best time to try something new. But still, something new. That’s scary.
I was on the trail near the lake road, and a car passed. The license plate contained the number 555. I’ve been noticing triple numbers aka Angel Numbers a lot more this year. As I looked down at my cycling computer, I had ridden 5.5 miles. Okay, time to face the challenge and ride around the lake.
I rode the lap without incident. I stopped for a few bike photos, and as I headed back home a car passed with the license plate containing 888. Another wink from the universe.
I realized that I would have my longest ride if I rode a few more miles. So I meandered through the neighborhood, taking “the long way” home. The total ride was 18.5 miles.
I’ll continue to look for challenges throughout the week, listen to my inner voice as I face them, and messages of support from the Universe.