“There are two ways one can appreciate cycling. As a means-to-an-end, it is the perfect way to travel in an unfamiliar place. Fast enough to cover some territory, but slow enough to experience that territory. But as an end-in-itself, spinning the pedals and devouring the road is a rhythmic, exhilarating, and challenging action which sets the mind into a steady, soothing groove. The world is a friendly place from the saddle of a bicycle, and anything you can’t actually see from that vantage point tends to recede into unimportance.”
Quoted from Neil Peart, ‘The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa’. (1996) Toronto, ECW Press. Page 160.