Baking in my Biking Shorts

One bright Sunday morning in early fall 2022, I found myself torn between the need to bake for the upcoming week and the allure of a refreshing bike ride. Ultimately, I decided to indulge in a short ride before heading back to the bakery. Although I typically ride in the mornings during summer months, I got a later start than usual and even ventured further than my regular route. About 8 miles west of Vega, at Landergin, I spotted another cyclist on the north access road and decided to see what was going on with him.

That’s when I met Adam, who was in a hurry to continue east to Amarillo. We didn’t have much time to chat, but as he rode off, he called out, “Check me out on Facebook!” A sudden curiosity overcame me, and I decided to catch up with him to learn more about his story. Surprisingly, I not only managed to catch up but also asked if I could ride alongside him – something I rarely do. Adam agreed, and we rode back to Vega together, sharing our stories and forming a connection.

I showed Adam my bakery, including the newly painted mural adorning the side of the building. As he rode away, I couldn’t help but feel amazed and grateful for the brief but meaningful encounter with this inspiring young man.

The realization that I had spent more time on my bicycle than planned hit me, and I knew I needed to get back to baking to have pies ready for the next day. So, without changing clothes, I slipped off my biking shoes and got straight to work – still wearing my bike shorts. In that moment, it struck me: that day had been a perfect blend of my favorite things – riding my bike, connecting with new people in unexpected ways, and baking pies. And that’s how the blog name “Baking in my Bike Shorts” came to be.

As plans for this beautiful, historic building progress, and we expand our product lines and form new friendships, I hope “Baking in my Bike Shorts” will continue to share stories of life’s serendipitous moments, the connections we make, and the friendships that come into our lives when we need them the most.