King of Dorkistan
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Mescalito, Newer Mexico
Bikes: K2 "Big Easy Deuce" 21s MTB/Cruiser hybrid. Huffy "Belfort" SS rat bike (Kept in truck bed for emergencies.)
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Nice poetry there, old-timer.
It calls to mind when I was in my early 20's and stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington. I lived in the little town of Steilacoom. My wife at the time needed our only car for work, so I used to ride my bike. I was a cook, and had to be to work at about 4:30am. The shortest route to the base was through some very dark woods. I had an old school generator light. Some mornings, pedaling through the woods, I'd just stop for a moment. Since the generator wasn't moving, there was no light except for a narrow strip of stars showing through the tree-tops. Deathly quite. After a few minutes, I'd panic and start riding again. I made that ride rain or (the night-time equivalent of) shine for about 4 months until we got a new car.
There is something oddly special about a bike used for transportation because you have no choice. I think you tend to become more attuned to it. Resentful, but attuned.