Upon returning home my wife saw me grinning and asked if I had a good ride. I had. She then asked me something I never gave much though to. "What makes a ride good?". I had to think for a moment. We live in a rural area so my rides start out in our small town an inevitable end up out in the country somewhere. I made a mental list of what made a GOOD ride and what made a BAD ride.
- See animals - I just love seeing animals on my rides, cows, horses, bunny rabbits, birds. I even see a Roadrunner once in a while!
- No near misses with traffic or other bikers
- Light traffic too
- Good weather
- No headwinds, just alight breeze if you please
- I'm in tune with the bike, shifts are smooth and I have no physical problems as well
- Oppressive heat or cold
- Goobers in their cars almost hitting me, worse are goobers on their BIKES almost hitting me - hey we're on the same team here!
- Lots of traffic
- Heavy winds, especially headwinds, although crosswinds are scary too when they gust and nearly knock you over
- Bike issues
After making my mental list I mulled it over and threw it all out. I decided that a truly GOOD ride was one that I can't even recall. That is, I am so in tune with the bike, traffic and route that I can live in the moment and do not have to think about a thing. One minute I am leaving my driveway and it seems like the next I am pulling back in. I might of seen a few animals, glimpsed a beautiful view, seen a truly spectacular house and not even spoken to a soul, but when I get back home I can't even remember much about the ride, just that it was "good". I feel rested, relaxed, tired and fulfilled, I just LIVED during those hours and that FOR those few hours all was right with the world. I didn't have to think of anything, deal with anything, deal with anyone - just RIDE. That, in MY opinion is what a call a truly great riding experience.