“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.” ~Ernest Hemingway
A bicycle lets
you know you’re alive. You feel a mountain grade like few others.
Hills and valleys etch their memories into your thighs. Your lungs heave
at a 10 percent grade, but delight in a downhill rolling free gravity ride.
Your skin recognizes coolness in the early morning while it glistens with sweat
in the afternoon when the temperatures climb into the 90s.
On a bicycle,
every mile means something to your emotions, heart, muscles and head.
Describing what I call “pedaling bliss” may be challenging: I flow with
life rhythms in a fluid coalescence of body, mind and spirit. The bicycle
engages my energy forward toward exploration, expression and physical
delight. When I pedal into the inner kingdom of Mother Nature such as a
mountain river flowing out of a snowfield, a certain glee invades every cell in
my body. When I reach the crest of a mountain pass, my muscles relax,
then release when gravity becomes my motor. At that point, I feel a
wondrous sense of flight.
Within an hour
of leaving Evan’s house, I walked into Mary’s office at her William and Joseph
Art Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. http://www.thewilliamandjosephgallery.com
. She took me to her home for a glorious shower and clean up. Laird
arrived. We took off for “Cowgirls Restaurant” in downtown Santa
Fe. We sat out under the stars as the sun set. Excellent dinner,
conversation and fellowship.
Santa Fe enjoys
the second largest art sales in the United States. Great energy in a vortex of
creative expression as to paintings, sculpting, metal work and so much more.
In the morning,
Laird took me back to Mary’s gallery. He snapped a picture of me inside
the gallery with all the artwork. Beautiful way to start the
morning. Laird gave me a big hug before I left on my journey.
I traveled down Canyon Road to take pictures of all the sculptors’ works in
front of the buildings. Such a delight for my eyes and spirit. Art
moves the very best in humanity.
screws for Condor, I pedaled over to www.mellowvelo.com
in the middle of the city. Stu and Kelly offered me a free breakfast,
which of course, I gobbled a breakfast burrito. Ironically, Stu heard me
on the Diane Leis’ show “Outspoken Cyclist.”
encouraging her colt toward life.)
As luck would
have it, Kelly, at 44, suffered a heart attack and Stu’s father died from a
heart attack. I told them of my dad’s early passing and my brother’s heart
attack death at 50 last year and my brother’s stroke from arrhythmia. I told
them both about www.thesinatrasolution.com
to solve high blood pressure, arrhythmia and other heart problems with
nutrition. They thanked me for sharing my knowledge.
represents what I feel when I am cycling Condor around the world.)
Heading out of
town, I tanked up on juices, energy bars, fruits and veggies. I added four
liters of water to my pack to make sure I kept hydrated in the 96 degree F.
heat. I pedaled northward on Route 285.
of smoke streamed skyward from massive wild fires on the west side of the road
coming out of Santa Fe. I struggled against inhaling smoke all day from
kids being swung around by their parents in joyful flight.)
Australia, I suffered a day inside a horrendous wildfire that filled the sky
with smoke and blotted out the sun. I felt like I faced my last day on
Earth. One thing about Mother Nature, she does what she does and humans
must work their way around the edges of survival. Fortunately, in my
world travels, I have survived earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and
bridges being washed out.
In this game of
life, if a person lucks out and lives, he or she keeps on pedaling. I
keep on pedaling.
(Having a bad
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the
Arctic to the South Pole - as well as eight times across the USA, coast to
coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway
to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. In
2013, he bicycled 2,500 miles, climbed 150,000 vertical feet and five
states from Mexico to Canada on the Continental Divide with 19 pass crossings.
He presents “The Coming Population Crisis facing America: what to do about
. His latest
book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by
Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure:
The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click: www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com
Live well, laugh often, celebrate daily
and enjoy the ride,
6 Continent world bicycle traveler