Today was the Jewish high Holiday of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews worldwide traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 24-hour period of fasting and prayer, reflecting how they can be a better person and to atone for mistakes made over the past year.
After consultation with my Rabbi (and doctor), I agreed to not fast but to try to ride fast. As far as my ride, it was not a fast day. We started once again at the crack of dawn, riding in the rain from Cazenovia to Speculator, NY. Fortunately by noon the rain let up, though the temperature never broke 50 as we battled some wind on what felt like never ending hills. The guides help keep us warm offering hot chocolate and miso soup along the way and hot chili at lunch.
Perhaps the weather was appropriate to getting me to reflect internally versus being captivated by the scenery, as the rain help to “cleanse me”. Whatever your religion or beliefs, as we enter Fall, it is a time for us all to see how we can improve ourselves, our community and society at large.