Saturday, June 11, 2011

Life lessons from my bike

Papa Mike@ Bintan spinning away

For those who know me, I am not world tourer nor a long distance rider. Not by a long shot. The longest ride I did was the ride from Kluang to SG. Around 120km. The experience did scarred my bum some what and I couldn't  bend my knee for almost a week after the ride(a knee condition -RCL). But strangely having done the ride with my friends, I felt good. People laughed/gasped at my "stupidity" to do it..... and I also think there is something wrong with my head.  When I close my eyes, I could still see the slopes and KC's mantra- "The slopes are my friend!" Apparently, there is pleasure in pain and overcoming ur "limitation"....   With this... I share with you a very nice story by a lady rider... enjoy! 

Nancy Sathre-Vogel  "This bike of mine – it’s taught me more than a thousand classrooms. I think back upon all my years of touring the world on bicycle and am amazed at all I’ve learned from my iron companion. But one experience I had on my bike – one bad decision I made – quite literally changed my life...."

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  1. I don't think you are crazy nor do I doubt your intelligence. I think that a "crazy" long distance ride pushes us to our limits, shows us what we can do and at the same time humbles us to see how small we are compared to a bigger picture. It also allows us to smell the roses and really SEE HEAR and FEEL what we see everyday but never actually take a moment to take a closer more insightful look at. More importantly.. I personally feel at the end of it all, the pain and aches remind one that one is ALIVE...


  2. @Adriane, what wonderful words! thanks!