Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-07-12, 09:48 AM   #1
Niles H.
eternalvoyage
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,360
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
New Eyes and New Lands; What Brings About New Seeing with New Eyes?

'The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.'

Whether the physical landscape is new or old, seeing with new eyes can play a very major and determining role in the quality of how it is experienced. And whether the path or the road, or the scenery, or the bike, is 'great' in itself or 'ordinary,' how it is seen and related to can make for significant, or even dramatic changes.

What is it to see with new eyes -- what does it mean, what brings it about -- and where and how far can that voyage of discovery be taken?
Niles H. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-12, 12:28 AM   #2
Rowan
Has opinion, will express
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 14,655
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Tell us, Niles, your stories. How have you seen things on your cycling tours with new eyes, and what has it brought about for you. You know, just a few examples so we can get a feel for how the thread should go. Pictures of you and your adventures and a bit about why they were quality experiences would be good, too.
Rowan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-12, 01:51 AM   #3
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 18,796
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 218 Post(s)
Cataract removal, or Lasix ? Its an age thing..
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-12, 11:02 PM   #4
perspiration
already soaked
 
perspiration's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Suburbs of Chicago, IL
Bikes: 2011 Surly Crosscheck, 2014 Novara Randonee
Posts: 272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I find that by keeping myself acutely aware of my surroundings, I can find a lot of small joys that I'd have missed otherwise. I practice this by listening to every sound I can.

If you're in the woods, start with the most apparent sounds: wind, tree leaves, traffic, maybe the sounds of your feet or tires hitting the ground. Next, move deeper. Listen to smaller sounds, like birds chirping, or a leaf hitting the ground from a tree. Try to see if you can hear things rustling around, or even a small piece of your gear clicking about that you weren't listening to. Try to keep listening deeper and finding sounds that you weren't hearing just a second ago.

I find, that after a few minutes of doing things, I'm not only hearing but seeing things I wasn't before. A swirl of wind through the grass. A tiny animal darting out of the brush. The very instant the sun ducks behind a cloud. The play of a shadow or a certain splash of color. And, I find, I'm enjoying myself on a much deeper level.

In short, if you're getting tired of your surroundings and need a fresh pair of eyes, stand there for a moment until you experience something you hadn't, and realize how much depth there is right where you stand. You might find the next few miles much easier pedaling.
perspiration is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:14 PM.