The Joys of Slow Cycling
I recently discovered that there is a Slow Bicycle Movement. Are you cycling too fast?
While I an not a doctor, I could swear by the healing abilities of slow cycling. Insolvable problems, mental road blocks, stress - they all seem to disappear while cycling. You become so absorbed in the new environment that your insecurities quickly dissolve.
Try cycling to get lost. That’s right: cycle with no plan, no destination, and no expectations. Cruise and let curiosity abound.
A good time to get lost on your bike is after work. Take the other route home next time. After a while, you may find yourself in a new part of town. Let the streets hypnotize you. Let the tall trees overwhelm you. Smell dinner cooking from homes. On some occasions, you may meet a friendly cat. On other occasions, may meet interesting people.
Weekends are also an excellent time to explore on bike. I recommend Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Just ask yourself: north, east, west, or south? Why not ask a friend to join you too.
Cycling slowly can renew a sense of appreciation. Somehow meaning always finds you on the unmapped adventure. And while you are rejuvenating on the ride, you may even solve that one problem.
For more slow cycling tips, see the Slow Bicycle Movement website.