It may seem strange to say this, but it doesn’t make it any less true. One of the advantages to riding a bike to get someone, is that you go slower. OK, ok, in this hight speed Interwebs, smart phone in every pocket, move out of my way in the fast lane world, how the heck is going slower an advantage?
Well, I’ll tell ya! But then I y’all knew I would.
Going slower means you see more, add to it being smaller than a car, you can pull over in places a car never could. Sometimes it is gorgeous scenery, other times it’s just strange enough that you have to stop. Everything I post here was on the side of the road, free for photos. Yet I was the only one stopping and doing so. In most cases (except the last one) cars were going by continuously, without even slowing.
The Oregon Coast is a perfect example. I plan in the future to do a series of blogs outlining my 5 day ride. If you ever have the chance and inclination to do this route, even part of it, do it. Its amazing! The reason I bring it up here is that it has both gorgeous AND strange! For Example:
I had driven past this thing I don’t know HOW many times in a car and never saw it. Suddenly I look to the right and I am being aimed at!
Ever rode up to the TOP of a light house? On the 3 Capes loop part of the coast I did! Of course, you will see here, it’s a TINY lighthouse, but It was cool coming up on it like I did.
Sometimes I just saw cool stuff on the side of the road with just a small shoulder. Not sure why but I had ALWAYS wanted a picture of this log outside of Tillamook.
Then there was this VERY cool rock on the way out of Port Orford. Just happened to look to the right and it caught my eye.
Sometimes, though, its just weird. There’s no real explanation, it just is what it is….
It’s not just limited to OR though. In the same ride on Hwy 2, heading to Stevens Pass and back I saw great scenery:
AND the strange:
HOWEVER, nothing was as weird as this root and rock I saw on my one mountain bike adventure!
So the reason and moral to this post? I firmly believe in the adage, “Ride it like you stole it!” meaning go like the wind and feel the breeze. Have fun with it. Remember, though, as fast as you go, its slower than a car, so you have time to look around. And since you haven’t stolen the bike you are on (and if you have, get the hell off my blog) keep a camera with you and stop to take pictures. Looking back and sharing them will make you smile even on wet rainy Saturday mornings like this in Seattle.