Once again I find myself contemplating my life -- who I am, what I am, what I want to do and who I want to be. It seems to be somewhat of an annual right of passage for me, an attempt on my part to continually grow as a human being, to seek out new meaning in my life. I find myself dreaming of places to travel and cultures to explore, constantly wondering how I can capture and share the beauty and peace that comes from exploration on a bike.
One of my friends in the paddling world asked me the other day if I was now lost to the cycling world. I told him no, but in reality I don't think that is true. The art of two wheeled transport has been a part of my life for a very long time, it was simply lost for a bit, stuck in the attic so to speak while other things in my life took priority. It was never lost, just shelved for a bit of time.
I was lucky that kayaking helped to bring my desire to explore back to the forefront of my life. The bike simply came out of the attic and is now at the center of my life. Their is just something so very magical about traveling by bike. It can be the simplicity of running errands on a little Hooligan or a multi day trip on the Fargo. Heading into the wilds of Winter Alaska on a Mukluk or bombing down,some knew trail on a Spearfish.
The bike simply offers an unlimited palette for exploration and human connection...
I spend way too much time thinking of where to go next. Now back to dreaming, plotting and scheming, and of course that little bit about figuring out who and what I am.
I found this video today, it is striking in its beauty and simplicity. I hope you enjoy: