On the commute after work I see a rider sitting on the grass next to his bike. I pull over to see if he is ok.
“I’m just taking a break. I’ve ridden from Nixa [about 13 miles].”
Meet Evan. I hope I remembered his name correctly.
We talked about cycling and how he wanted to increase his miles and shed his backpack. He admired my panniers and I told him the important thing about cycing is that he is out there. Panniers and fenders can help, but the primary goal is to get out and ride.
We parted when the traffic died down and I hope to see him again some day.