Friday, August 26, 2016

That's one fast-moving seat

Temporarily at rest
North of London, ON
August 2016
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Years ago, biking to me was a means of getting as quickly as possible to a given destination using nothing more than your own horsepower to get there. I never bothered to take the time to enjoy the scenery along the way. As long as the data streaming off of my cycling computer looked good, I was happy.

These days, my priorities are a little different. I still ride with a cycling computer - now GPS-based - but I try to not be so beholden to the numbers. I look around a lot more while I'm riding, and if I like what I see, I won't hesitate to pull over and take it in a little more profoundly.

My numbers may not be as impressive as they once were, and I may get home a few minutes later than would otherwise be the case. But it's a tradeoff I'm only too happy to make. Because an average speed data point isn't nearly as resonant to the soul as the sight of a giant tree hanging over the side of the road. Or the smell of fresh cut grass in front of that Rockwell-esque farmhouse with the horses out back.

Not everything is a race. And places and moments like this deserve to be savored.

Your turn: What makes you stop and smell the proverbial roses?


21 Wits said...

Ride safe!

rashbre said...

Yep. I do the numbers thing as well, but like you I will happily stop and take a look around.

And sometimes I just need to when I'm on a hilly bit.