It’s hard to keep up to date with everything that’s going on when on the road, such is the get up/pack/eat/ride/unpack/eat/sleep routine when cycling almost every day, and random thoughts occur as I ride that I don’t get the chance to post. So for a quick catch up, here’s a few recent thoughts from the road:
Smells – I haven’t really noticed the traffic pollution on the road – nothing more than the usual. It’s the roadside smells that have been the most intoxicating – eucalyptus has been a companion for a couple of weeks now and is life-enhancing when I catch it; fennel is also another common one – delicious, though I only once tried to dig some up to see if it’d make for good cooking…; fields of strawberries and raspberries. Strawberries. Mmm, strawberries.
Cloud computing vs cloud cycling – Cloud computing is the in-thing now but luckily no one has put their money on cloud cycling. No matter where you are, you have access to the cloud. Magic! But for a long time cloud cycling was a little too omnipresent and I wished it would feck off. No matter where I was, there’s the clouds…
US Post Office – US Post Office is impressive in the sense there are little post offices in the smallest places. Great if you need them. But try sending a parcel back to Canada when you don’t live in the great US of A. They needed a US address when I shipped my tent back to Canada. And being a traveller I can barely remember where I stayed the previous night, never mind have an actual address. Luckily a friend’s address came in handy. Bureaocracy at it’s worst.
Random roadside questions I – i) is it quicker if I cycle up this hill rather than walk? ii) where’s the nearest big town? (Big Sur wasn’t big enough, apparently) iii) how much you carrying? (shouted at me from a cyclist as I was doing 35 km/h downhill in the other direction)
LA I – Can’t see the smog for the fog (see cloud cycling above)
LA II – friendly drivers. Believe it or not, on my ride through the megacity that is LA I did not encounter a single bad comment from the road. Plenty of drivers could have been more courteous in giving me a little more space, but no angry shouts. Very unusual..
Random roadside questions II – I was surprised and increasingly annoyed when people (pedestrians, cyclists) who I pass throw out random questions about my bike weight, where I’m coming from, going to or just a ‘how you doin’?’ as I’m riding by. Most of the time I or they are well out of range before I can even respond. The more annoying part is just the shout of the question itself – no preamble, no ‘hello’ or any kind of greeting. Just shout my question, time is short! seems to be the attitude. I think most of these people aren’t even interested in my reply even if they could hear it. It’s all very upsetting to my British sensibilities…