Sunday, July 22, 2012

Discovering the world in one pair of pants: July 19 - 21, 2012 (Pt 1)

On Thursday I bicycled from my home in London to the Springwater Conservation Area (to the south-east, toward Aylmer) with camping gear, groceries (including an expensive loaf of rye bread that was perfect for toast and sandwiches. Oh, perfect, I say), bathing suit and spare socks in a small trailer behind me.

On Saturday I arrived back home safe and sound, as fit as a fiddle, and now give the trip - a significant piece in my journey to discover the world in a fun-filled but frugal fashion - an overall score of 9.5 out of 10.

I’m pretty darn sure, had a red squirrel - devious little critter - not stolen my rye bread, the trip would have scored even higher.

The journey covered 80 - 90 kilometers (not as the crow flies) on mostly paved roads through some of Ontario’s finest landscape. I went up hills and down hills and am glad I rode a bicycle with 21 gears. I used seven of them on a regular basis.

I came home thinking the following: 

- The only better way to see the same countryside would be by walking through it at an easy pace with a few supplies in a backpack.

(Note to self: Make plans to do so before you’re 85-years old). 

As the second-best way to go, cycling is superb. (Admittedly, my hinder parts have a second opinion.) A cyclist, not rushed for time, sees his surroundings quite fully. His mind can absorb the sights, sounds and smells in a very appreciative manner.

["Watch out for the kid with the ball!"]

The trip cost very little. The rewards were very high.

The rewards fell under various headings: Emotional. Intellectual. Fiscal. Spiritual. Recreational. Physical. 

And photographical. (Even if there isn’t such a word, I still have some pictures to show you.)

If you were to go on a wee vacation by bicycle, where would you go?

[Photos by G.Harrison]


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