I biked everywhere for 3 weeks - and it made me realize 10 critical things about my town, time management, and life itself
- After years as just a casual biker, I decided to bike everywhere for about 3 weeks while experiencing some car trouble.
- In my three weeks, I learned quite a lot about my town, time management, and how to be prepared for just about anything.
- Biking my commute saved me money and surprisingly, helped me get places earlier.
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As John F. Kennedy once said, "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." Apparently many people - including one of America's favorite presidents - love bicycles.
I, on the other hand, have never been much of a cyclist. I didn't even own a bike for a decade of my adult life, and rode considerably less than most other kids when I was growing up. I was more of a skateboarder.
In my current hometown of Victor, Idaho, however, not only does everybody bike, but the wide network of bike paths makes it a very easy form of transportation. For those reasons, I bought myself a bike soon after I moved here and from time to time take it on short spins around the valley.
After spending a few years as a casual cyclist, however, car troubles forced me to get around exclusively by bike for a little less than three weeks.
As it turns out, not only did riding my bike everywhere for a few weeks change my outlook on my town, it changed my outlook on myself.
Here are some of the most important things I learned during my time on two wheels.
My flat roads are not flat.
My town is filled with hidden gems I completely missed in my car.
Night is dark up here — very dark.
I saved money on gas — and gas-station snacks.
I realized how much I had been relying on car time to make phone calls to family and friends.
I was early all the time.
I learned to prepare for anything.
Cycling everywhere means you run into people you know, and it forces you to be social.
Riding a bike helped me start my day right.
And I learned that I sweat pretty heavily on a bike.
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