This is a bit of a personal indulgence. I wanted to share some of the enjoyment I get from my bike.
Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal columnist and avid bike rider wrote in his book Little Victories about his interview with Robin Williams, “Robin Williams was fanatical about cycling.You know when you’re talking to somebody at a party about their job and they give very autopilot answers, and then when you talk to them about something they really care about … they suddenly turn into the very exuberant 11 year-old who still lives inside? It was like that. Robin Williams began talking animatedly about bike riding and his bike collection … and his trips to the Tour de France. He sounded like a different person. His happiness poured into the phone.
“At the interview I asked Williams why he liked to ride his bike so much.
“It’s the closest you can get to flying.
“That line hits me like a hammer whenever I am on the bike because I know it to be true. I mentioned it in a column after Williams died and was struck by how many people wrote back to me about how a bike had saved them in hard times. That’s exactly the way I feel, too, they said.”
I wrote these words in a post on National Bicycling Month on May 2 of this year, “I have tried to explain to myself first as well as others who asked, why I love to ride my bike. Until recently, the best I could come up with is that I feel like I am flying. Not soaring high, just flying along several feet above the bike path.” Interesting coincidence, huh?
That’s all the words, enjoy the pictures.