Planning for travel is exciting. Before any trip, looking at a map, planning and researching a route is tantalizing preview of what might be.
However, most travelers’ adventures happen en route and bicycle touring produces more of these opportunities. A bicycle tourist has intimate contact with the land, people and the elements. This is the sum and substance of traveling.
On a bicycle, the distances between destinations take on meaningful proportions. 60 miles (~100 km) is tangible, unlike boarding a plane and stepping off half way across the country a while later. Being exposed to the elements on a daily basis gives the cyclist a healthy appreciation of mother nature.
Riding quietly down a back road, cows stare, curious. Camping at night, after twilight, the sky reveals millions of stars. The crack of a twig or the howl of a coyote can make your hair stand on end but the lullaby of the surf, crickettes, or wind blowing through the leaves quickly soothes the nerves.
On the road you make contact with real people. Arriving by bicycle, as opposed to a car, bus or taxi, creates no barriers. And unlike a car, a bike is within reach of most anyone around the world. It is a simple machine that hides no mystery as to its operation. You are approachable and ignite people’s curiousity, especially children. The exchange that follows is mutually enriching.
Bicycle touring promotes all the best things about travelling, the sites, sounds, smells, tastes and human interactions at a constantly evolving pace.
Bike travel allows you to experience the things between the destinations.