Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Why I Ride #2 - Solitude

I relate well to what Henry David Thoreau said in his classic "Walden"...
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
It's interesting that I can be riding in an urban setting. There are cars everywhere. There is not a vacant lot in the miles of neighborhoods I traverse. Instead, they are packed with houses occupied by people cooking, eating dinner, watching TV, taking showers, getting ready for bed and maybe even doing things that best not be verbalized on a rated "G" blog. Yet, even as I ride in the midst of it all, I still find myself alone. Again to quote Thoreau...
Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows.
Solitude is but a state of mind, a state that cycling enables me to reach quite often.

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