Welcome to a new feature of The Suitcase of Courage blog - Why Cycle Wednesdays! Since biking isn't all training and watching your HRM, these short essays will provide a refreshing, occasional change of pace - reminding us of the joys of cycling. "A picture is worth a thousand words," so photos will be a big part of these posts too (be sure to click on the photo for a full-size view).
So, without any further ado, here is the first installment of Why Cycle Wednesday!
This is Dennis Pond on Cape Cod just south of Route 6A in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. I took it at 7:19am on Sept. 11, 2005. It was my first ride on the Cape since I got my new bike a few weeks earlier. I'm not at all a morning person, but I love to ride and it's knowing I'll see more from the saddle than I'll ever see from behind a steering wheel that got me up early that Sunday morning. Of course, the ride did not disappoint. It was SOOOOO quiet pedaling along I could hear the morning birds as well as the hum of the tires. When the trees cleared to my right, I saw this scene. Good thing there was no traffic (another benefit of early riding) since I did a U-turn immediately so I could catch the mist rising off the water.
I hope this photo reminds you that some of the best times on your bike are when you're not worried about hitting your LT - you're just pedaling along, feeling the breeze and appreciating the beautiful scenery.