No one is more surprised than me by stringing together the words death, zombies and bicycling but there is a story I am willing to share.
Since my birthday is present I am thinking about death. While I love all the happy birthday cheer and I celebrate, I am very aware that I have fewer years ahead of me with every birthday. Every birthday spent healthy and happy is great but death is inevitable. Just saying, just acknowledging.
I try to ride my bike everyday. My biking exercise is a way to keep me healthy, get fresh air and clear my head. I have a stationary bike but I only use it when it is really truly nasty outside. There is a 5-mile route I take right outside of my house. Joggers, dog walkers and other bicyclists also use it.
I used to watch ‘Walking Dead’ but stopped after the 4th season. I also watched ‘I Zombie’, less gruesome and funnier than ‘Walking Dead’. Since I did just finish reading Janet Evanovich’s ‘Hardcore Twenty-Four’, which is about Zombies, let’s just say more than usual, zombies have been on my mind.
There is a wooded path that connects a couple of neighborhoods on my bike ride. It is a bit creepy and there is a house set back in the woods that I never see anyone go in or out. The path can be muddy, really muddy so I have to get some speed to make it through peddling. Just as I was approaching the path I saw someone there.
It could have been a zombie. The person/zombie was just standing there, covered in hopefully mud and I heard moaning. The person/zombie I think was a male because he was big and tall. After a moment the person/zombie shook itself, stopped moaning and lumbered ahead. I did not go thorough the path. I took the advice of the wise adage, ‘Why tempt fate’, and headed home.
Yes it could have been that the person/zombie was just a jogger who fell in the mud. True my imagination may have got the best of me.
Above is a picture of me on wet days. Add a fluorescent safety vest and a helmet and maybe I should be more concerned about scaring zombies?
Have you had an encounter with a possible zombie? Do birthdays make you think about death?