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Old 06-04-04, 12:21 PM   #1
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From the seat of a bike

For the past several months I have been having alot of health issues. But this morning, even though I didn't feel really good, I went on a 25 mile ride up to a smalll mining community. The weather was perfect for riding, and pretty much no wind. It felt good pedaling up the final steep grade into town. After riding into town, I sat down on the steps of the old general store, to rest.

An older man stopped by to chat, he said that he was the oldest living resident of the town having lived there his entire 77 years.

After a short rest and some good conversation, I returned back down into the valley. As I rode back home, I was reminded once again how great the world looks from the seat of a bike. It seems that after a good hard ride that everything is easier to deal with.

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Couldn't agree more. Worn out from work the past few weeks, last night finished off some work and went out around 9PM, I think it was around 10-10:30 and the moon crested the edge of the valley and came into view. It was amazingly huge, and had an aweome orange tinge to it. I have seen many full moons, but maybe because I have been so stressed lately, this one was particularly stunning. Sat there for awhile just staring at the moon, ranger came by didn't ask me what I was doing there that late, just looked at me & my bike, and commented on how glorious the moon was tonite and went on his way.

Odd thing happened too, I do a lot of my riding after dark, and was coming through a section of the valley right next to the river. Clipping right along htting bugs contantly when a group (flock?) of bats came swooping down through the beam of my head lights copping a munch of bugs. A couple of night riders I pass on occassion had mentioned riding with bats in the past, but this was the first time I actually got to experience the thrill.

It was just one of those nights where if I had a sleeping bag, I would have whipped it out and picked an open spot along the river, chaned my bike to a tree, and lay their gazing at the moon and the stars all night.

Title of your thread caught my eye, and I have to agree, there is nothing like the view from the seat of a bike! Thanks for sharing and reminding me!
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I enjoyed these threads so much~thanks for sharing...
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I couldnt agree more.
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That's the best thing about cycling, you go by slow enough to enjoy the scenery but fast enough to enjoy the ride.
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Good piece, Mtnbikedude.

My favorite aspect of commuting to work is getting to speak to folks as I pass by.

Like the rest of us I know you love to ride. Hope your health is on the rebound and you get more riding in.
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