Thursday, June 23, 2011

Freedom of Mobility

In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Stewart wrote, regarding the right to travel, " is a virtually unconditional personal right, guaranteed by the Constitution to us all." When I think about my freedom, how much I have, how far I can go, what I can do, I'm humbled. And never do I feel that more than when I'm riding. When I ride, my only limitation is my stamina. I can go as far as I can go. It's such a beautiful truth.

Every time I hop on my bike, there's this tingling excitement of possibility. It feels like a road trip when everyone else in the car is asleep; like hopping a freight train and looking at the world from the inside out; like getting lost in the woods; like flying in a helicopter with the doors off; like scuba diving and looking back up at the surface; like the moment during takeoff when the back wheels lift off the ground; like drinking water from a spring; like standing up on water skis.

Here's three good riding videos.

Planet Bike from Planet Bike on Vimeo.

Rapha Rides the Victorian Alps from RAPHA on Vimeo.

The Ride from Anthony Fernandez on Vimeo.