Why the Bicycle?
“Life is like riding a bicycle — in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein
The bicycle. A versatile, strong and roadworthy companion. Transportation made easier all around the world. But aren’t bikes for kids? Kids ride bikes and adults drive cars. That’s the rule, right? You drive down to the river as a kid with your bike and to the office in a car when you are all grown up. The fun is over. No more tricky situations on a bike, just annoying traffic jams and expensive repairs. When you race your bike everyone cheers you on, but when you race a car the cops just get upset. It is easy to forget how fun a bicycle can be as you get older.
The bike can take you anywhere you like, as long as you keep at it long enough. It makes you stronger. Builds character. Eats at your waist. Give you those big highs and the low lows. Uphill battles and downhill roars. The wind in your hair and dry eyes. Everything you feel for quietly slipping through someone’s little part of the world. To drop the bike and take a picture, have a bite, a swim and well deserved break. To feel that sense of accomplishment. To meet a new friend. But most of all it gives you the satisfaction of having made it there yourself.
When I was planning my trip ‘Cycling Around the World’, I had a lot to consider. The first choice was what would be the best way to do it. There are 101 ways to travel and no way is eternally right or wrong. I just knew a bike would be the best for me. I own a motorcycle in China, but that sounded far too complicated and impersonal. I despise buses, but love trains. Would miss everything in a plane. After little thought, the bicycle became the first choice, next to walking. Now that I am less than a month away from departure, I know it was the best choice given the goals of my adventure. The bike was, for me, the only choice. Doing it right and by my own rules.
“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.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Don’t underestimate the power of the bicycle. But most importantly, the power of yourself. I believe that the world will be seen best from the bumpy seat of a bike. For everything that the road brings, I’m ready. For everything that we are capable of, I say embrace the challenge. Keep moving towards your dream, no matter the mode it takes to get there. Experience the world around. Take the long way. Experience that challenge of the high road. Remember how you got there, because it is always about the journey.
Posted on June 9, 2014, in Adventure, Around the World, Cycling, Inspiration, Motivation, Thoughts, Travel and tagged Adult Problems, Around the World, Being a Kid, Cycling, fun, happiness, Inspiration, motivation, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.