I have two distinct passions in life. Cycling and Sailing.
To me, at the heart of both are the similarities that tie the two together.
Both represent clean, silent, forward motion.
You never see either naturally going backwards.
I love bicycles. Something so simple as riding a bike yet so very complex to those who wish to make it so.
I love the freedom and the silence of the road when it is just you and your bike.
The exhilaration of that downhill run or crossing the line by barely the width of a wheel.
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn
the contours of a country best, since
you have to sweat up the hills and coast
down them.” — Ernest Hemingway
“When the spirits are low,
when the day appears dark,
when work becomes monotonous,
when hope hardly seems worth having,
just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road,
without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle
I love sailboats. I love the physics of sailing. I love the ocean.
The silent motion of moving with the wind.
The salt spray in the air.
The ability to lose oneself in the movement of nature, going where the wind goes.
I love the freedom that sailboats represent.
“Wherever we want to go, we go.
That’s what a ship is, you know,
not just a keel and a hull, and
deck and sails, that’s what a ship
needs. But what a ship really is,
is freedom.” — Jack Sparrow
“Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed by the things
you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien