|Lonnie Wormley at the Albany Museum of Art|
During the month of July I have been riding my bike on Saturday and Sunday evenings. After a day of working on my house and performing various yard and renovation projects I take time to ride my Trek Pure through the neighborhood streets of the city that I love. Riding my bike is always a transcendental experience for me and I enjoy the peace of mind that comes from rhythmically moving my body on a bike through quite neighborhood streets.
This past weekend the weather made for some cooler rides than earlier in the month. Rain showers were a pleasant treat on Saturday’s ride. Riding in the summer rain is one of the simple pleasures that I enjoy this time of year. Not many cyclist that I know in Albany look forward to getting wet on their bikes. When was the last time you intentionally rode a bike through a deep puddle of water on purpose?
Go with the flow, it’s just a game
Night time cycling safety
|My custom PVC tail light mount|
Riding on warm summer weekend nights gives closure to the work week and prepares me for the next round. The meandering routes that I take have allowed me to learn a lot about Albany. The view that I have of Albany is a lot different when I am on my bike than when I am inside of my truck. When I am driving my truck I take routes on busy streets. When I am on my Trek Pure I am taking streets that I almost never venture on in my truck. Learning my way around Albany and avoiding busy streets is another game that I play on my bike.
When I am riding a bike most of the time I do not care when I arrive at my destination. The joy of riding a bike is that getting there is part of the fun. Cycling through residential and commercial neighborhoods on a bike allow me to see and experience the environment slower and up close. I can see buildings that have been around for a long time and notice how they were repaired and remodeled over time. Greeting residents, and pedestrians by waving or saying hello as I pass on a bicycle is something that I cannot do from a motor vehicle.
I end the week with a wonderful experience on my bike that gives me energy for the week ahead. The fun does not stop there as I am about to get on my bike to commute to work.