A Ride that Changed My Life
by Marilyn Goulet, a Pedals to Possibilities volunteer
In the fall of 2012, Andrew Lunetta introduced me to the Pedal To Possibilities biking program, and now, three and a half years later, my life revolves around our Monday/Wednesday rides and Fridays at Brady Bread Bakery. A lifelong teacher, I didn’t realize how small the circle of my life had become in the whirlwind of teaching responsibilities, after school activities and commitments with family and friends. When I retired and joined the Peddlers, I then understood why Jesus spent so much time with the homeless, the ill and those marginalized by society. I have met, up close and personal, the God I taught about as a religion teacher for over 40 years. They are real. Their vulnerability has melted my defenses; their acceptance has created deep bonds.
They really are family to me. I look forward to seeing Bob, Mark and Tony every week. Dolphus is always the brother with the eye on the team. “The Good Shepherd!” And there’s James, Gary, Art, Jeff, Brian, Darrell, Bob, Rupert, Mike, Mario, Dan and Rev, our self-appointed security guard. Ted is visiting his sister in Florida and writes frequently. (We miss you, Ted!) There are the very special women involved with the ride as well: Debbie, Judy, Juanita, Robin, Anna and Theresa. And the incredible support riders: Roy, the kindest young man, our leader; Len and Bob who have provided our community meal since the beginning; Patrick and Rich, our newest rider, Arnie and our marvelous cook, Julia.
There are so many who make up this incredible community. They are all in my heart. I wish I could name them all here. We find so much joy along the way.
I’ve learned so much from all of them. Richard teaches me the beauty of the warmth of the sun in winter and Tim showed us all how love and friendship are most important in life. They teach me to keep my priorities straight, to live more simply, to buy humbly and to share. Showing up and being fully present is what life is all about. In their circle of love, I have found the meaning of the life of Jesus. I have discovered that I need them far more than they need me. They are Jesus’ love in the flesh – in the here and now. How could I miss a ride like this?