On the days after a car slammed into me while I bicycled in Florida and left me on my back with a cervical neck brace, I made a vow 2 1/2 months ago while I recovered at my Vero Beach house.
I will return to Red Rock Canyon outside Vegas and climb to its high point at 4,771 feet and I will gaze with wonder at the Big Red Stripe crossing the rocky terrain.
So today, with Vero Beach and Florida in the rear-view mirror, I pedaled through Summerlin and then to Red Rock Canyon and turned onto the 13-mile federal loop that I pedaled so many times when I lived here.
As I pedaled each stroke and stared at the landscape, a wave of gratitude washed over me.
I was lucky to be soaking up this moment around 8 a.m. today.
I reached the overlook at 4,771 feet, some 2,500 feet from where I started today and took a seat at the parking lot bench.
I promised myself that my first post-crash photo on a bicycle would be right here -- at the high point.
There were some tears, reflecting back on being knocked down and coming close to being another Florida bicyclist fatality.
And I was thankful for my recovery that was fueled by so many kind friends who offered everything from food packages and heartfelt messages in cards to donations and visits.
You got me back on the mountain under the Big Stripe and I will always be thankful.
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I had a feeling that I would meet someone I knew along this morning's ride.
And lo and behold, it was Heather Fisher -- who is marred to Jared Fisher, my friend who is running for governor.
It's going to be a great return ot Las Vegas.
I'm getting back to the place I love.