Top 5 Things I Love About Cycling Around The World

 

1. The Sense Of Freedom

You decide everything. You don’t depend on anybody or anything. You make and change the plans as many times as you want without any other director than yourself. The stops or the time on the bike can get longer or shorter depending on your mood. Everyday you choose different views you will enjoy while having dinner at your house, your tent. You don’t need to follow anyone or report to a manager. You only respond to your own desire. A sense of freedom that might sounds like science fiction to others.

 

2. The connection With The Surroundings

You do feel part of this world where we live more than you’ve ever experienced before. Your feelings grow and grow. You get wet when it rains and shake when it’s cold. You will be able to detect the minimum wind as the best sailor out in the sea. And in every climb, no matter how small it could be, you will feel the gained altitude.

There is no shield or window to protect you. When you are at the top, you are very high. However, when you fall, you also get very low. But this is what a juicy life is supposed to be. Like a rollercoaster full of emotions rather than a boring flat line.

 

3. Being Happy With Very Little

You don’t need any kind of entertainment or toys. You own life is your main entertainment now, as you don’t need to “scape from reality” anymore.  You enjoy a simple life, without any “materialistic desire” and with plenty of time to do what you really want. You are happy with very little, because you do what you love.

 

4. You Do Appreciate The Small Things

You see the value of the small things around you, those ones you used to take for granted before, but you don’t have them all the time now. As the shade of a tree when it’s sunny, a glass of water when you’re thirsty, a warm shower when it’s cold or some food when you’re hungry.

 

5. Nothing Is Predictable

You have no idea where you are going to sleep tonight or who will you meet tomorrow. You don’t even know what’s going to happen in 5 minutes. It’s living in the present, where the uncertainty and excitment gain importance, where you don’t worry about the future and where you don’t use the past to protect yourself.

Antonio Cala

Co-founder of Cycling El Mundo. Addicted to adventure travel and unexpected plans. He's on a mission to inspire you to live your dreams with entertaining stories, beautiful images, and useful tips. Cycling around the world since 2013.

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4 thoughts on “Top 5 Things I Love About Cycling Around The World

  1. Without thiniking too hard about this my Top 5 would be as follows:
    1. Your day is governed by sunrise and sunset therefore making clocks virtually superfluous
    2. Having the faith in your fellow man restored on a regular basis.
    3. Food tastes the best its ever tasted after a day in the saddle.
    4. Feeling tired as nature intended rather than some stress induced stupor inflicted on you by the modern world.
    5. Nothing beats that wind in hair and sun on back feeling that you get when riding a bike…its simply wonderful! :-)

  2. 1. Leading such a simple life and making do with so few belongings.

    2. Finding it so easy to meet locals from all walks of life.

    3. Being away from addictive morbid distractions like tv and the internet for long periods of time.

    4. Being in an ever changing environment at a pace that is digestible and agreeable.

    5. Feeling fit and healthy as a side effect of a way of life.

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