On What I Learned About Long Distance Biking

There are very few absolutes in this world, so in the interest of sharing wisdom, here are a few things that I have learned while doing long distance training:

Badger State Trail

Badger State Trail

    1. Every hill has a top and eventually, every hill has a downhill. This is true even in the event that someone, someday climbs Mt. Everest on a road bike. (Believe me… it will happen!)
    2. Some days it’s going to rain, some days it’s going to be hot and some days it’s going to be cold. Remember,┬áthere is no such thing as bad weather …. only bad clothes. This holds true not just for cycling but also for hiking and for enduring the long (long) Midwest winters.
    3. While riding, the “music of the spheres” * always trumps the “music of my iPod”.

  1. Long distance touring is very different than (and is not) a race. The goal of long distance touring is to get from here to there with peace and enjoyment. The goal is NOT to get here to there as fast as you can. Slow down and enjoy the experience.
  2. Flats happen. (Need I say more?) It’s all part of the experience. Smile and go on!
  3. Every ride….. is a good ride!

* MY FATHERS WORLD

This is my Father’s world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Text: Maltbie D. Babcock
Music: Trad. English melody; adapt. by Franklin L. Sheppard
Tune: TERRA BEATA


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