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Nurturing Possibility

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Anything’s possible, so we may as well allow ourselves to be open to it. I do believe that it is possible to cultivate our own luck, but when good fortune and grace flow over me, I find it hard to process the unexpected blessing. I’m the most pessimistic optimist I’ve ever known.

One of the bike shops I visited on Thursday mentioned I could try calling the Trek home office directly to see if they would do a nationwide search for the specific Domane+ I wanted. To prove a point to Cyndie about how dismal things were looking in my bike hunt, I told her about that longshot advice.

She encouraged me to try it. As we were preparing to turn in for the night Thursday, I decided I would confirm there were none available anywhere by calling Trek in the morning, and then I would focus on finding one of the alternative choices in stock somewhere in the Twin Cities.

A little before 11:00 a.m., I pressed the numbers on my phone to reach Trek. It only took two or three easy steps of the decision tree to bring up a human voice eager to assist me. He quickly searched the 2022 bikes and found zero in my size. I could hear him keying away as he described changing the search to 2021 models.

“I found only one in the nation that size. Looks like it is at Freewheel Bikes in Minneapolis.” he happily reported.


I was just at the Freewheel in Woodbury the day before and they couldn’t find any Domane+’s. With giddy thanks, I logged off that call and entered the number he provided to the Minneapolis shop.

“Let me look it up.” the voice on the other end said. As he clicked keys he cautioned that the shop computer systems don’t necessarily update instantaneously so discrepancies are possible.

“Ope, there it is. Yep, we have that bike. It arrived at the beginning of this month and was assembled on the 10th.”

That is likely the reason the other shop didn’t find it yet. It had just been built and had yet to be accounted for in the system.

Go ahead. Tell me the odds of the timing of my search and the very recent local availability of this single bike in the entire country.

“And there is no claim on this bike yet?” I don’t know if he could sense the state of shock I was entering.

“Nope. There is no name attached to this bike.”

“Put mine on it please and I will be in to pick it up today,” I said, not even thinking about the falling snow and blustery wind creating hazardous winter driving conditions all day long.

Choosing to go get the bike immediately was the easiest decision I’ve made in a long time.



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  1. Re:I’m the most pessimistic optimist I’ve ever known. Got to laugh at that! Congratulations that the universe got past your label and served you the way positive thinking does if you hold on long enough… that said, I sympathise with your position. At times, it is hard to believe that things will come out right, especially if you listen to the media’s paid soothsayers:-) So on your bike, John! (when the weather permits)

    Ian Rowcliffe

    January 16, 2022 at 7:56 am

    • Thank you, Ian. Now I’m positively thinking about an early spring!


      January 16, 2022 at 11:39 am

  2. Sweet! Funny how intimately personal bikes are (to bikers), and when you hit on one, it’s a huge jolt of energy and pleasure that goes on pleasing every time one saddles up, or in many cases, each time one merely ‘looks’ at the fine machine!

    John Hopkins

    January 15, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    • So, so true. Exactly my experience here and why it means so much to me that I didn’t end up needing to pick an alternate choice.


      January 15, 2022 at 12:52 pm

  3. Cool!


    January 15, 2022 at 12:02 pm

  4. Ha! I’m excited to hear how that all turned out.
    If you recall, I had two complete strokes of luck at Freewheel on separate bike shopping trips this summer. Lucky place!


    January 15, 2022 at 9:55 am

    • I wasn’t sure it was Freewheel. That makes my find even more special! Thanks.


      January 15, 2022 at 12:56 pm

  5. Wow…I think I’m jealous! Both of a new bike and of making a decision🤷‍♀️🤣


    January 15, 2022 at 8:46 am

    • Thank you. I shared the story of dropping my water bottle in front of you with the salesman mounting new bottle cages on the frame yesterday!


      January 15, 2022 at 12:55 pm

  6. A miracle, coincidence, luck, divine guidance and the power of your thoughts all at work here❣️ 🚴🏻


    January 15, 2022 at 8:24 am

    • More than I feel I deserve, so I’m framing it as grace that I look forward to paying forward some way, somehow.


      January 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm

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