Posted by: emilybybike | April 14, 2011

Easy Silence

While I pass a fair amount of cyclist traveling in the opposite direction of myself, once I leave Georgetown, I rarely encounter any cyclists going the same direction as me. Once I hit Beach Drive just outside the National Zoo, I’m virtually the lone cyclist on the road heading north. I’ll see one or two fellow cyclists going south, but for the most part, it’s just me out there. The quiet is nice, it gives me time (sometimes too much time) to think and let my mind wander. Lately, too, with spring well in bloom, I’ll hear birds chirping, Rock Creek gurgling along and in the evenings, sometimes I’ll even hear peepers!

For those of us who are used to the constant flow and buzz of information, noise, TV, internet, music, radio – what have you, the immediate departure from being “plugged-in” can be a shock to the system. I admit most times I ride, I have my cell phone on me, but it’s usually packed because if you think driving and cell phones are bad, just imagine what the consequences of riding and cell phones would be. Ouch. So I embrace the silence, embrace having an hour, all to myself to be out, breathing fresh air, enjoying nature and letting my mind go. It’s my time, where all I really have to do is keep pedaling and enjoy the silence and world around me.

Going by bike is a great way to get in shape and save money, but it can also provide you with time to regroup, center yourself and re-focus so you can leave all your worries and cares behind.


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