I believe that cycling has been the catalyst that has helped me come in to my body to learn how to instinctively listen to the push and pulls of life. For seven years now, cycling has been the most empowering journey of self-discovery and healing for me. From crashes, sprained wrists, break-ups, stolen bikes, and new beginnings, I have learned some of the most valuable lessons of life on the road.
A few things in life make me happier than combining my passion for cycling, travel, and exploration. Mostly by choice, I do most of my exploring on my own, which sometimes leads me to getting lost. I consider myself a great navigator, reading maps and learning directions by memory used to be a favorite pass time, but I'm a firm believer that some of my most memorable experiences and adventures have happened in the process of finding my way or getting lost.
Bicycles and books. Two of my favorite things. When Elly Blue linked a Kickstarter fund of a book covered with a large neon pink corset and Victorian silhouette holding a vintage racing bicycle, I had to find out what it was all about. Which lead me to finding The Velocipede Racesby Emily June Street. As I wondered onto Microcosm Publishing's website, I read a synopsis of "tough girl rebels against stifling gender rules... dreaming of racing her bicycle in the cutthroat velocipede races..." Already, I had found a kindred spirited character and began to download it onto my Kindle.
Even when living in cities, I longed for quiet roads to venture on by bike. Riding through crowded streets provided an adrenaline that kept me alive through the many obstacles that the city threw. I had to learn to be quick, strong, and risk taking. All these things I carry when riding through country roads and open spaces. The obstacles still require me to be quick and risky but I have to become stronger. The escape from the city to more simpler terms of living in the country also brings along it's challenges on bike.