Taking It Slow


Big bike ride

Today’s Daily Prompt: “You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)”

My favourite cross country trip was my first Big NSW Bike Ride. I’ve travelled cross country in cars, buses, trains, large aeroplanes and small aeroplanes and the only thing that came close to the fun and joy of the Big NSW Bike Ride was a trip from Brisbane to Kingaroy in a Robinson Helicopter. I have yet to do a trip by motorcycle and it is high on my bucket list, now I’m over fifty it would be much harder to cover 650 kilometres in a week on a pushbike so a motor holds a definite appeal.

Eight days of cycling over nine days took 1500 cyclists over 650 kilometres. You can read my essay about the ride for some details.

The best thing about doing a cross country trip on a bicycle is the slow pace. It allows you to enjoy the countryside you travel through and no small detail is missed. It’s also easy to stop and enjoy a particularly nice spot, in a car you almost feel compelled to keep moving and you also keep to those big highways and miss the small towns.

Doing a bicycle ride in a huge group fully supported just adds to the pleasure. When you’re in an extremely large group of cyclists it becomes much safer as the car drivers cannot help but be aware of everyone riding along.

I also found that everyone along the way appreciated the group – having all those people enjoying their area and spending money in every coffee shop, takeaway and pub along the way makes you all popular. I’m not joking, in Kangaroo Valley, which only had the one pub, the 1500 cyclists and 200 staff drank an entire semi-trailer full of beer and mixers.

The final pleasure or a large group is all the friends you make along the way and the encouragement to keep on riding from others. When you’re on a steep hill it’s great to have a strong rider come alongside, pace you for a while and give you a “going well, almost to the top.”

Unfortunately Bicycle NSW no longer organises the Big NSW Bike Ride every year but Bicycle Network Victoria does organise a Great Victorian Bike Ride at the end of November every year that is almost exactly the same. If you enjoy riding a bike I’d recommend them, with all the support it’s a lot easier to do than you might think and nobody minds if you end up in the follow bus every day.

I’ve travelled cross country in cars, buses, trains, large aeroplanes and small aeroplanes and the only thing that came close to the fun and joy of the Big NSW Bike Ride was a trip from Brisbane to Kingaroy in a Robinson Helicopter. I have yet to do a trip by motorcycle and it is high on my bucket list, now I’m over fifty it would be much harder to cover 650 kilometres in a week on a pushbike so a motor holds a definite appeal.

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