When I was 17, I read these books from Clive Cussler. You know, that ones were Dirk Pitt – a tough diver with every flying, helicopter, car and ship licence available – always saved the World from a supervillain. And since not all supervillains gathered in his hometown, he had to travel the world. In my mind, he was an adventurer.
A decade later, my perspective almost totally chagend. Now I think cyclists are the new adventurers. Well, more of civilized adventurers, since we’re not traveling on bare nature. We travel on man made roads. But to be honest, this also feels like nature, since humans are also nature.
So the picture changed, but the requirements are still the same:
- you seek for interesting places
- often talking to locals
- breathing every landscape on your way
- and climbing up the highest mountains to reach your destination
With cycling, you can start big travels. Maybe crossing the border to your next country, ride across a continent or even travel the whole world.
And then again you’re even a local adventurer. As a cyclist, you know every little shortcut street, the smallest villages and the biggest highlights around your hometown. And what I find is, that this knowledge sometimes really makes me feel at home.
What was your greatest cycling adventure?