First off, you get to see more of the places you're riding through than you would driving a car. At slower speed and with the ability to just pull off the road at just about anywhere in the city (and not have to look for a parking spot)... just to wallow in views like these:
"I had been embraced into the camaraderie of the road. As the banter was exchanged and the well-meant advice given, I remembered a winter's day in Norfolk. I had pulled up at a similar stall in my Alfa Romeo and smart executive suit, to be cold-shouldered and treated to glances as frosty as the morning. Now, my bicycle had unlocked the first of many doors around the world and I was delighted to find myself so readily and warmly accepted."
|I was rolling thru Mission Bay the other day when this cool guy not only chatted with me but also let me handle his magnificent Eclectus parrot!|
|The Mother Grundy dog pack.|
Talking about friendly animals, I get to see way more wild life from my bike than I ever did from a car.
|Acorn woodpecker in Lyons Valley.|
|Steller's jay in Pine Valley.|
|Wild deers in Mesa Grande Reservation.|
|Ram in Dehesa.|
|Camels at the farm off Old Julian Highway.|
|Kestrel on the power line on Palomar Mountain.|
|Horned lark at Morley Fields.|
|Home building red-shouldered hawk in De Luz.|
|California dogs have it made with these joy rides!|
|Daniel & Claude Bédard cycled from San Francisco to San Diego in 12 days.|
|Bike touring is a real adventure!|
Of course, the on-bike suffering is at times very unpleasant, but it always helps when there are friends sharing in it with you.
Cycling friends know what an ordeal making it up that long climb without stopping is. And at the top of the beast, the victory tastes all the sweeter when you can trade hi-fives someone else rather than just silently congratulating yourself.
Then, of course, there are all these wonderful places where cars can't go and they're quite a chore to access on foot!
|Well, 4 wheel drive cars can go on Nate Harrison Grade, I suppose.|
|Encelia Dr on Mt Soledad.|
|Miller Ranch Rd on Mt San Miguel.|
|Top of Mt Woodson.|
|Lake San Marcos Radio Towers trail.|
|Mesa Grande Rd.|
|Palomar South Grade Rd (S6).|
|Lyons Valley Rd.|