Recently I was in Maryland for the 4th Annual Women’s Council sponsored by W.L. Gore, makers of Gore-Tex® and Gore Bike Wear™. Prior to the Council, I headed down the Eastern Shore of Maryland for a few days of riding. July on the Eastern Shore is synonymous with hot and humid.
And so I found myself cycling along one day and thinking how just a wee bit of shade would make things ever so much more comfortable. A few teeny clouds floated sparsely above me. One of them must have read my thoughts because its shadow drifted across the road and lingered just in front of me as if to say, “Here I am. Let’s go.”
Hmm — too good to pass up. I picked up the pace to ride into the shadow. For a serendipitous mile or so, the relative velocities and position of the sun and this little cloud aligned and I rode in bliss, encircled by a refreshing bit of shade.
All good things come to an end and soon it was back to full sun. But I’ll never forget the day I sat in on a cloud.