THE REAR VIEW FROM YOUR BIKE
By Frosty Wooldridge
The one phenomenon of long distance bicycle touring: the rear view from your bike. Do you think think auto drivers see what’s going on behind them? At high speeds, they must look forward with only glances to the side.
But you, wow, you can see forward, side-to-side, and amazingly, you get to see what’s behind you at 12 mph. One of the great beauties of “slow movement”: your emersion into 360 degrees of wilderness. You not only see it, but you feel the essence of Mother Nature’s wonders.
You and your bike see the world in the most unique, sublime and intimate manner. You feel that mist in the morning. You sense the crisp cold breeze as evening come along. You taste the rain or drizzle or mist. You smell the heat. You sweat from your pores. You “feel” life at its highest and best.
All the time you ride on tour, you immerse yourself inimitably into the joyful expression of feelings. Few other humans ever pedal where and how you tread the planet.
As you can see from the back of my pack in the picture, my bike gets to see everything I see. My bike “Condor” flies me with the condors of South America at 16,000 feet, as well as the 11,000-foot peaks in Glacier National Parks. If Condor could speak, he would tell you some stories to tell your grandchildren. Bet your bike could, too. Live them, pedal through them, relish your journey. Frosty Wooldridge, on tour, Glacier National Park, Road Going to the Sun