Not One Reason
Caleb Williams – Winston – Salem, NC
There is not one reason that I could nail down, but there are far too many reasons to ride. I started riding when I realized it was more practical than the upkeep of a car, as well as the liabilities that come with owning and driving a car. After riding for a few years, I realized all the other benefits. My asthma was under control and I felt healthier, almost as though I could feel my blood circulating better. I got stronger, both in muscle and mind, I could go farther and faster and I slowly became more mentally aware due to constantly having to be alert. I became more determined from constantly having to deal with the difficulty and stress provided by automobile traffic on roads I traveled, as well as the necessity of riding year round through the hottest and coldest days. I got out more and saw the beauty of the world around me on a whole new level, from sunrises i waited for while I pedaled on backroads, to sunsets atop the city’s tallest parking deck. I have found so many reasons to ride over the years I can hardly count them all, but mostly, I think about the ways I feel my soul has grown by riding a bicycle; it really is one of the purest forms of travel. And now, I have a son to share the joy with and he has come to realize much of the same, making it all the better for me.