It was a sunny Sunday morning and I was really looking forward to my planned gravel bike tour. I had already prepared the equipment the night before, and the scenic trails and forest paths in the area beckoned. Friends had told me about a breathtaking route that led through dense forests and along a clear river.
I swung on the saddle of my gravel bike and took off full of energy. The wind brushed through my hair and the chirping of birds accompanied me. I enjoyed the peace and beauty of nature to the fullest.
But soon I heard a soft hiss and an unpleasant jerking on the wheel. I stopped and realized that a flat tire had stopped me. I cursed silently, but fortunately I was well prepared with spare tubes and tools. After a short break and nimble hand movements, I was able to continue.
The route became more and more adventurous, and I found myself on narrow paths and bumpy forest trails. The nature around me was breathtaking, and I couldn’t help but enjoy the grin on my face.
But then, just a few miles later, it happened again. This time I had another flat tire, and this time it was a particularly stubborn one. I got off the bike and tried to fix it, but it was clear that I wasn’t going to get anywhere without help.
I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and called a friend who lived nearby. He came to pick me up and the tour was over. Although my gravel bike tour turned out to be much shorter than expected and plagued by two flat tires, I couldn’t help but smile. I had experienced some beautiful scenery and knew that one day I would tackle the tour again, better prepared and with a plan for all eventualities.
Sometimes it’s the unforeseen obstacles that make a trip an unforgettable adventure.