So here I was taking a walk through the Internet and found this question on quora. I guess this was asked by some one who thinks only cars have rights to public roads. I don’t even think it deserves a response.
Biking is a legitimate means of transport. Cyclists pay taxes that are used to build and maintain roads. Many times, cycling is efficient and quick way to get around. And if most drivers were not assholes, cycling would be the preferred option to get around.
And were asshole drivers like the one who asked this question more careful, cyclists would not be at risk.
Whereas some cyclists own cars, others don’t. To get to the trails, how would those without cars get there? Carry their bikes on their shoulders? Hire a cab?
Because I don’t want to brain today, i thought i could just tell you about my rides. I enjoy doing enduro rides (rides longer than 100km. It is time that I don’t have some times).
I ride 5 days a week with two days for rest, that is Friday and Sunday. Those two days I walk or run. I have not always been this active. I have always had a reason to not run or cycle until Covid and then the government put restrictions on movement into and out of Nairobi, encouraged employers to allow their employees to work from home. It then occurred to me I could actually be active & boy, I have tried.
This week I have been on the bike for a total of 16hrs 42 minutes, covered a distance of 407.2 km (253 miles for Muricans) and climbed a total of 5,065m (16,617,45 ft again for bloody Muricans). Why do they insist on using feet, miles and pounds?
The longest ride was 182km and the shortest 37km. I am trying to train to run 5km. Most of my runs & walks this week were a few metres short of 5km. Hopefully I will get to run 5km in under 30 minutes.
Well, this picture speaks for itself.
Today’s long ride.
I changed the bike. Will be looking for drop down bars soon.
While many of my rides are through very beautiful scenery, I hardly stop to take shots because I see them regularly, I ride by fast or most likely I concentrate on the road more than anything else. Following encouragement by Tish, I took a few pics today during a grueling ride through tea farms. I hope you like them.
Note: They are likely out of focus because i didn’t get off the bike to take them.
While on the one hand the stay at home orders have had its toll on me, economy wise, I have put that much time to good use. This month alone I have covered more distance on the bike than I covered the whole of last year and since we are to stay home till June, I might just hit 1500km for May. For me, that will be no mean achievement.
I feel like I have improved a bit on my riding. And I have managed to fall embarrassingly because I forgot to unclip my shoes.
These are unedited versions of my thoughts straight from the mind, a relieve from the ‘pressure cooker’, snippets and flotsam of a mundane existence, collected over time, at the early morning hours at sunrise. I have no intensions to start a self-help group or a forum for complains!
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