"Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere." - Robert Anthony
What does that have to do with biking and trails?
I think it has a lot to do with my biking style and that of many other rail-trail riders.
It seems like most bikers I meet are into speed. They are more concerned with getting from point A to point B... quickly. Whether they are on a road bike or a mountain bike, they are sprinting down the straight stretches and blasting around corners. If they are riding with others, they are concentrating on the competition of going faster than the next guy. How many people can I pass, how quickly can I get "there?"
That's what I see on the roads, and that's what I see on mountain bike trails. But when I'm on a destination trail (rail-trail, canal trail, distance trail) I see the opposite. People are riding for the joy of riding. Their priorities seem to be to enjoy:
|enjoying a Wyoming rail-trail|
- the scenery of the trail
- the outdoor experience
- the camaraderie
- the fresh air
- the relaxation