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    What do you think about when you ride alone...

    I often ride alone, on rural roads with little or no traffic. Not having to pay attention to traffic, or chatty companions, my mind often starts to drift to other subjects besides the task at hand.

    I sometimes even engage in internal dialogues about all kinds of subjects.

    I find that this is a good way, for me at least, to compensate for the loneliness of long solo rides. It is also a great way to sort out problems or issues facing me at the moment.

    Of course, once traffic picks up my mind focus back on the road ahead.

    What do you think about when you ride by yourself?

    Do you have internal dialogues?

    About what?

    Just curious.

    Thanks.
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    I think about you.
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    EVERYHING!!! I love riding alone just left to my thoughts - its when I solve the "world's" problems. If I didn't ride I would go crazy... although sometimes I think of nothing at all... just listening to (and feeling) my feet whirl on the pedals... that's my "zen" moment...
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    What is this thinking you mention?
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    If I gotta look up words, it's not worth my time.

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    What is this alone you mention?

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    mmmm. ice cream stand. I should stop.

    mmmm. bakery. I should stop

    oooooo. donuts.. I should stop.

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    I fall down inside myself until the world simplifies to patterns around me and breathing, which is literally a zen state. I'm not thinking, I'm simply experiencing utter tranquility and simplicity of my body in motion. I fall down into that meditative state and can stay there for a Century( of miles!).
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    lately I keep thinking another car will hit me

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I think about you.
    I never knew you cared...I am touched. In a good kind of way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    lately I keep thinking another car will hit me
    I am sorry to hear that.
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    Actually I have difficulty with the concept of "thought" per se.

    The fact that I am still alive and typing this points to spontaneous 'correct' decisions made at a moments notice. Was that 'thought'?

    I have, in my mind, puzzled out physical problems - with out touching any 'thing' and eventually successfully implemented the solution. A lot of the time these solutions will wake me in the small hours of the night from a dream.

    I rode a very regular, but varied route, years ago when I had a stressful job and at night when I couldn't sleep I would mentally trace my bike route in my mind.

    This allowed me to enter sleep and profit from the relaxation plus the insight into my work problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    mmmm. ice cream stand. I should stop.

    mmmm. bakery. I should stop

    oooooo. donuts.. I should stop.
    LOL, next time I'm on the bike my destination is the ice cream stand. Not to get ice cream as it is not open yet but just to learn the deep country roads way behind my house and to try and get away from dirt roads so I can pedal on the downhills rather than brake on the downhills.

    I don't think of anything. I'm in the middle of nowhere so I'm nature watching. For most of the roads I'm on there is nothing manmade to see but plenty of deer and other wildlife to see.
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    Internal dialogues are great for irrational rants. If there's still an issue at the end of the ride it can then be dealt with constructively. Mostly, I just like observing day to day changes in the environment along my route. Often I stop percieving time. Once I counted cigarette butts. Sadly the greatest density was at the middle school bus stop.

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    "Please don't get a flat"
    "Please don't get a flat"
    "Please don't get a flat"
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    What is this alone you mention?
    You're never alone when you have jesus... (Sarcasm, Rolls eyes)


    I think about girls... Yeah.. Asian Girls... Its true.. Sometimes.. But i mostly think about the world and space and robots and my favorite DVDs and what i have downloading back at home.
    What would kissing miss piggy taste like?
    What is a rotator splint on a car do?
    What happened to the band "THE MONKEES"?
    Does that girl i work with at wendys like me?
    And sooo on
    From now on i will add anyone who tries to troll me to my ignore list without replys

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    Quote Originally Posted by casio04330 View Post
    You're never alone when you have jesus... (Sarcasm, Rolls eyes)


    I think about girls... Yeah.. Asian Girls... Its true.. Sometimes.. But i mostly think about the world and space and robots and my favorite DVDs and what i have downloading back at home.
    What would kissing miss piggy taste like?
    What is a rotator splint on a car do?
    What happened to the band "THE MONKEES"?
    Does that girl i work with at wendys like me?
    And sooo on
    I was wondering when you were going to make an appearance.


    See, thinking about space and robots is the reason why you almost hit that car. Next time concentrate on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    "Please don't get a flat"
    "Please don't get a flat"
    "Please don't get a flat"
    You understand that even thinking about not getting a flat tire WILL get you a flat tire. Just sayin'
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    I think about lots of stuff, but mostly I'm just in the moment. That is really the best place to be. It matters not if I'm riding or walking the dog. Each one is different. For me at least.

    What do you think about?
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    Politics, friends, past conversations with those friends. And if on tour, miles from the nearest person, I will actually break out in song. Riding is such a kick.

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    I think. About how the sense of smell is so peculiar. About how an artistic license applied to the thought of a sense of smell can become so interesting. About metaphorically would could be implied, or inferred from saying something smells fishy, for example.


    I think about how the right scent can bring up memories.

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    When riding, I wonder...

    Am I there yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by moochems View Post
    I think about how the right scent can bring up memories.
    Yes, like how a box of newly opened crayons can bring back memories of elementary school.

    On my rides I often ride past orange groves and strawberry fields. The sweetness in the air is intoxicating.
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    I don't. I just focus on the ride and objectives. Be one with the.bike, antixipate.that bump, check for dangers....

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    Why is there always a headwind?

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    I've heard it said that men think about sex when riding a bike, and women think about riding their bike during sex.
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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