I grew up way out in the middle of nowhere, one road town, not a whole lot to do for teenagers. The most popular past time, wedge 4 guys in a Chevette, everyone chips in a few dollars for gas and just drive around from town to town
Good times !
With the price of gas being what it is today however, the popularity of just ” going for a drive ” has all but gone the way of the dodo bird. These days, most people get in their car and head to a specific destination with as few detours as possible.
Living on a budget is not easy, with my latest change of employment status ( see blog entry Nov 2012 ) making due without a weekly paycheck means cutting back on expenses and finding cheap ways to entertain myself. I’m a homebody, never been into the club scene, i generally prefer a quiet atmosphere and hanging out with close friends for a drink, or two..
However, some people have a never ending appetite for travel, visiting other countries and going to resorts, while not even knowing what the houses look like 2 streets away from their own home ! It’s amazing what you can discover if you slow down and take the time to look around to explore your surroundings.
This past summer, 2013, i had the opportunity to spend time traveling around Moncton, on my ebike, enjoying the weather and cruising around every city street i could find within a 30 km radius, and sometimes further.. I discovered all sorts of great trails, dead ends, rich and poor neighborhoods, talked to people and had a great time, all without spending more than a few pennies per day to top off my battery packs.
Sandy also came along on many of my random trips, a few years ago on Canada Day, me and my neighbor went to the yearly city organized bicycle ride, when we got there, we met a nice lady with a trailer attached to her bicycle and her dog ” Maia ” in tow. That very day i made my way to a local Canadian Tire store and got me one too, thought this was a fantastic idea !.. specially given the stability of my KMX Cobra recumbent trike.. it’s the perfect vehicle for leisurely rides.
My dog, LOVES IT, she goes bonkers when i pull the trailer out of the garage. The trike, dog and trailer combo also make for a great advertising combo, everywhere i go, people gather around and ask questions.. it’s awesome !
So, all that to say, it’s time to rediscover ” Just go out for a ride, no destination in mind ” . Go out, enjoy the ride, and have fun !