Lately, I've gotten to where I absolutely love a good bicycle ride. There is something so fulfilling about hopping on my yellow and teal Winnebago of a beach cruiser and taking in whatever parts of the city I come to find myself in that day. Whether it’s the beach or historic neighborhoods along the river, the perspective is entirely different from any that I can get driving in my car at triple the speed. It’s amazing the things you miss when traveling so fast. At 12 miles an hour, I’ve witnessed an early morning bum fight, spotted a road side Girl Scout Cookie stand before it was too late, and been an audience to street performers.
Despite my opinions on the sort of shape I’m in, I always seem to amaze myself at the distances I travel without even realizing how far I’ve gone. Whether it’s the 2 mile trip to visit a friend or the 8 mile round trip to work, or the 12 mile ride just because we could; I’ve never parked my bike and once regretted taking it out in the first place. Just one hour of pedaling can defeat my worst of moods. I can’t complain about the amazing number it does on my leg muscles, either! Not necessarily a new habit, but definitely one I don’t want to break any time soon.
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~Ann Strong
For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. ~Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy