Strong Medicine

It’s easy to get consumed by all the bad news coming across our desktops these days: war, recession (depression?), global warming, peak oil, and on, and on. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t forget to take the time to stop and smell the roses. And by all means, go on a bike ride just for the fun of it once in a while, without the pressure of logging miles, saving money, or “doing the right thing”. You’ll be amazed at what it does for your outlook—the bicycle is powerful medicine indeed.

3 Responses to “Strong Medicine”

  • Scott Wayland says:

    Right you are, Alan. I once got off my bus and was looking forward to the (too) short ride home, when another bus rider saw me hooking on my panniers and said, “Bummer! Now you’ve got to ride home.” I quickly informed him it was one of the best times of my day. I get a very pleasant zip home down a lightly traveled road with nice views of the mountain above my house. What’s not to like? The stress of the day melts off as I zip down through the overhanging oaks and then climb steeply to finish, up off the pedals pulling for glory and a cold beer at the end of a long day. These simple pleasures–a short ride, a walk with the dog as the sun is rising–are more and more sinking in as the best part of living. If we can’t find joy in these small moments, how can we enjoy life at all? These small moments ARE life.

    My wife and I just did one of our favorite things: loaded up the tandem trike with dog and yoga gear and pedaled over hill and dale to stretch and strain with a wonderful group of friends, laughing a lot in what often amounts to comedy yoga. Then we clipped back in and pedaled home, 30+ min. of solid riding each way. We finish feeling so happy and a live and worked. The cycling puts just the right icing on the whole outing cake. Nothing wild or extravagant, only a simple bit of exercise on a find October day. Get out there , folks!



  • kevin E says:

    The other day I took off early from work. I went for a slow ride on my MTB. I never went over 5 mph. I just tried to keep as slow as I could with out doing an “Artie Johnson”. (I can do a track stand for the whole red light.) But to just roll along and let gravity do it’s job is fun. Plus you get to look at the new things in the neighborhood.
    kevin E

  • andy parmentier says:

    i’ve got “rider’s block”-the weather is turning..looking more and more to my portable sweat-lodge, the unicycle-thanks to 126mm cranks, causing rpms that are very heat generating. so my bicycle is getting ready to hibernate..rider’s block, after a manner..or rather, rider’s deflection
    to one less wheel

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