Having a reference point, especially when you are not sure where you are going, is critical. Something, anything helps!
I do not own a car. For reasons ranging from the cost to have the privilege of buying to the annual depreciation and on to the size of the down payment, I took a decision several years ago to not replace the one that I had sold. Most of the time I still think it was and is a good decision. There are two events that remind me that having a car is a luxury that I would enjoy.
Near the top of the list is the experience of riding in business attire during a tropical downpour. No matter how much fowl weather gear you think you have, you will still end up wet. From the way your shoes catch the rain flying off the front tire to the drip the forms along the seams of the jacket, it is hard to avoid the inevitable wetness that prevails. Light rain, even moderately heavy rain is fine. There is something distinctly different in the tropical deluge. The rain is thick. It is heavy. It comes in quantities that quickly fill buckets. It ensures that you will end up wet.
I recently realized that there is something that is even worse on a bike than a tropical rainstorm. It is being in the rainstorm while trying to figure out where you as well as where you need to be. Being lost is horrible! Everything takes an unusual twist. My glasses are dripping so that it is hard to see. I am fight a sense of wet and cold so patience is in short supply. Using my iphone and the GPS app is not going to happen. One feels powerless!
As a disaster began to get even worse, I found a reference point in my line of sight. What seemed impossible instantly morphed into a situation that was almost humorous.
David reminds me how close lights are; “Our God forever, who guides us till the end of time.” (Psalm 48.14)