While effortlessly and quietly cruising along on my bike on a perfectly perfect spring day today, I had the epiphany that there is no better, more pleasant, or more efficient way to move about on this planet than the bicycle. Then the following quote from Elizabeth West came to mind.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.
Did you know that a gallon of gasoline contains approximately 31,000 calories? If a person could drink gasoline, they could ride approximately 912 miles on a gallon (assuming 34 calories per mile). Not bad for a vehicle that also provides so much (priceless) pure joy!