I am not sure what compelled me to sign my family up for the Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour excursion on our vacation in Jamaica last winter. It might have been my love for coffee, the need to step off of the beach, or the sudden call for adventure. I suspect it could have been all of the above.
The day of our bike tour the bus picked us up from the resort and we joined fellow tourists for an enjoyable day! We left the beautiful cliff side views of the turquoise water and made our way into the Blue Mountain region. The bus began to climb up the narrow path I looked at my husband with nervous trepidation.
“It looks a long way down! I am not so sure about this.”
He smiled, “You signed us up! It will be fine.”
Our small group of traveling companions loaded off the bus put on our safety gear and selected our bikes. I looked at my trusted cruiser and knew we would be the perfect match for the day.
My husbands and kids were the first to go and zipped past me.
“See ya later, Mom!”
I rolled my eyes and muttered “Little Twerps.”
As I looked at my family far ahead in the distance I developed the sudden urge to fly past them! My feet hit the pedals and I began to speed with a childish delight! I was feeling exuberant from the fresh air and ready to pick more speed! But without warning the person flying in front of me slammed on their brakes to snap a few photos.
I went to slow down pressing on the pedals and that was when I realized that I didn’t have any brakes! I let out a squeal of panic and swerved right to avoid hitting the snap happy cyclist.
She hollered her apology “Sorry!”
I was too petrified to raise my hand in acknowledgement while I attempted to keep my bike from tumbling off the cliff and hollered back “It’s okay!”
After that I decided it was wiser to slowly glide down the mountain at a snail’s pace.
In that time I was able to be in the present moment and look-out to admire the panoramic views of the Blue Mountains. I talked to one of the guides about the process of how they roast the coffee beans, the vibrant history, and agriculture within the region. The Blue Mountain Bike Tour offered another side of Jamaica that I have never imagined and with fresh coffee waiting at one of the checkpoints it became one of the highlights of my vacation.
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga