Traveling by bike

One of my favorite bike quotes came from Ernest Hemingway, and goes like this:

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

This is true, and I can honestly remember most of my epic climbs and blistering downhills.  This last weekend along the coast I had plenty of both. But today, on the first day back at work, I had time to reflect on the rides of the last week, and, I find this quote lacking a bit…. Continue reading “Traveling by bike”

The Five Senses of Cycling

Time after time here on 20,000 miles, I have talked about things that I have seen while on two wheels.  Pure and simple, when on a bike, I can stop anywhere and see things that cars would never even notice, let alone stop and snap a picture of.

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I have seen things that I will never forget.  The problem?  Talking about what I see ignores all the other senses that come into play when on two wheels. (My thanks to Sarah from Honoring my Compass, for reminding me of this!) Continue reading “The Five Senses of Cycling”