The Peak of Man’s Attainments

Double Parked

While quietly and effortlessly cruising along on our weekend errand run this morning, we agreed 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 the equivalent of approximately 28,900 food calories? If a person could drink gasoline, they could ride approximately 722 miles on a gallon (assuming 40 calories per mile). Not bad for a vehicle that also provides so much (priceless) pure joy!

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