cycletourist saidand I agree. I want to talk about the Adventure part of it. Is all your adventure via serendipity or do you plan some of it?a recreational cyclist is someone who rides for fun, fitness and adventure.
No matter how much you like to do something, doing the exact same thing every day can get boring. Do you have any tricks to keep the rides varied and interesting?
About once a month, I like to have some kind of Ďspecialí ride. It might be an organized event or a solo ride in unfamiliar territory using a cue sheet I got out of a book or off a cycle clubís web site. Occasionally Iíll pick a good looking, new area off the state map, drive the car to that area and cycle around there. Any new area that I have to be in for business or other matters is a potential for a cycle adventure. I recently had a great ride in Denver, while on business (thanks to DnvrFox).
Those ideas are pretty typical, but here are some ideas that are a little different:
I like to get Ďlostí while on my bike. Iíll follow a cue sheet half way out and then follow my nose.
In unfamiliar territory Iíll consult the map and pick out a general areaís boundaries to stay in (no farther north than RT 66, stay east of the river, and west of the mountains, etc). Then Iíll go get ĎLostí within the that 400 square miles, knowing that Iím never too far from my car.
Hereís some I want to try:
To get my loops bigger while still sleeping at home, I plan to drive my car out about 50 or 60 miles, park the car and cycle home. Iíll sleep at home and the next day cycle back to the car via a different route.
Cycle far to a friends, or relativeís house and get them to bring me home.
What tricks do you use to create the adventure?