For some reason my mind becomes clear while I'm riding my bike alone -- usually after I've spent about 30 minutes just pedaling, breathing, and sorting through the tangled pile of ideas my head.
I'm not exactly sure why this happens. I'd like to believe that sustained aerobic exercise puts one into a low-level meditative state, allowing the mind to run in a clear, unfiltered environment, free of its usual distractions.
Regardless of how exactly this state is achieved, I do believe that if more people spent more time riding bikes, the world would be a better place.
I went for a ride on Sunday that ended up being longer and colder than I expected. I didn't bother checking the weather on the way out, and mother nature dropped a snowstorm on me. It was quiet and beautiful, and a perfect place to think as I pedaled up the hill, around each bend, through a landscape that burned to a deep, crunchy black last summer. I was cold, wet, muddy, and totally happy.
I want to spend more time on my bike. And I want other people to spend more time on their bikes. Maybe my work can help make this happen.