I like taking my trusty favorite bike out on those memorable rides. You know, places that not everyone expects a bicycle to be ridden -
- At an airport, from hangars to terminals, to tarmac, even down a major taxiway or main runway. As an aircraft broker, pilot and airport tenant, there have been legal ways available. Picking a day of an airshow makes it easy as well.
- Around various state capitol buildings. The governor's and state legislators' parking and sidewalk areas are special. Best done on a Sunday.
- Railroad depots. Large and small, usually very old buildings and out along the trackside boarding areas.
- Big city and small town downtown business streets. The larger cities sometimes have pedestrian malls. Also best done on Sundays, or as legal.
- Major college and university campuses. Best done on summer days when school's out. See how many different campuses you can visit.
- Harbor, port and marina piers and docks. There are times and places that it's okay. My being in the business helped, too.
- Across frozen lakes and rivers. Obviously, caution and knowledge of the thickness of the ice are mandatory. But if the locals are ice fishing and driving their cars out on it, it's probably pretty safe - though slippery!
- Baseball and sports stadiums and race tracks. Days off provide windows of opportunity to visit and sightsee.
- Cemeteries. This may sound creepy, but I enjoy riding the tranquil streets in cemeteries. Maybe dismounting and walking some of the rows of graves and reading some of the headstones is not only fun, but gives some perspective on life.
So that's about it for unusual places I like to visit in different states. My old GT Xizang has been to them all and it's a great way of sightseeing from a bike saddle.
How about you? Where have you been on your special bikes?