I simply have to share the following quote I came across recently:
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
When I started riding in Sydney I was amazed at how hilly it is. I had never noticed the hills before! The other added benefit of touring by bike is you can meander along slowly, taking it all in rather than having the sights flash by. Plus you can pick up on the more subtle characters of a place, like the smells of coffee roasting and bread baking, you can investigate the curious lane ways, and stop whenever something catches your eye or takes your fancy.
I love bikes.
Love Coco xx