A part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic – on why I ride.

cropped-P4270045.sized_.jpgMy writer in crime, Abbey, puts into words why I ride my bicycle every day…

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey

I have many fights ahead of me, to leave a livable planet for my kids, to help drag a deadly disease into the light, to take kids and adults bike camping to keep light and happy their bodies and souls, and while a few of the bastards may outlive my body, they were dead on their feet years ago… while we were laughing and sweating and ending up cold and tired and wet and even bloody on occasion, connecting, feeling our limits and fighting the good fights to the end.

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