I’ve been meaning to write something about the joys of riding solo, don’t get me wrong a chain gang is great, good conversation, a chance to test yourself against others, or a chance to take it easy and sit on wheels.
Riding solo however gives you something different, it gives you time to explore, look for those back roads that you’ve passed and wondered where they go; look inside and think about what is going on, meditate; control the pace, you want to suffer then push hard, you want to spin and make things feel effortless then do it, you only have the clock to worry about, even better make it a free day with nothing to get back for; most of all you can just take it all in, that view down the valley, how lush the trees look, that kestrel hovering about to launch for it’s prey, just soak it all up and enjoy.
“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals … We are all human beings, individuals, fragile eggs. We have no hope against the wall: it’s too high, too dark, too cold. To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. We must not let the system control us — create who we are. It is we who created the system. (Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech, JERUSALEM POST, Feb. 15, 2009)”
― Haruki Murakami
I love this, it sums up how I feel so often from serious subjects like politics to sport, I’ll always back the egg.