Let’s be honest, the main reason is because I already lost enough things that I love.
On hearing I had glaucoma I quickly accepted that motorcycles were a thing of the past. Riding at night or in traffic with poor vision was not a hard choice to make. I held out hopes that with treatment I could still drive.
This, quickly enough, started to sound like i’d be the hazard to other people’s safety.
Having given up those modes of transportation I decided to hold onto bicycles for as long as I possibly can for several reasons.
- It’s fun – bike paths, sidewalks, trails, commuting, mountains, anywhere. I’d much rather spend 30 minutes pedaling than waiting for, or sitting idle, on a bus. Not to mention that it is often faster than waiting for, and changing buses.
- Easy exercise – because it’s fun, you don’t even realize you are exercising. I stopped biking during a long, cold, rainy stretch during winter last year and suddenly noticed how much easier it was to out on weight.
- Speed – it’s probably the safest way I can possibly go fast under my own power. That is something incredibly empowering for someone constantly dealing with limitations. It may not be a motorcycle, but the wind on your face feels great on a bike too.
There are plenty of other reasons why I’ll keep biking as long as I can, but those are the first that come to mind as I kick off this blog.