I just biked 40 miles south and east of our house, including 2400 feet uphill. (The clip that attaches our GPS to my bike handles was the best $18 I’ve ever spent, I think.) Most of the ride was stunningly beautiful.
Since I began biking this spring, I’ve realized just how much fabulous countryside we have around Sedalia that can only be properly appreciated from a bicycle. Traveling the same roads by car is inadequate, due both to the greater speed and to the enclosure of the car. One of my other delights, cross country horseback riding offers many of the same benefits, although with territory not accessible by vehicle. I regard it as infinitely superior to hiking in that a rider can cover far more territory. More importantly, the rider is not stuck looking down at the boring dirt and rocks of the trail to ensure his footing. Of course, some territory cannot be traversed except on foot, so then hiking is necessary.
In any case, I must admit: After all that pedaling, I’m a bit pooped.