There seem to be people that are keen on riding fast, getting fitter and achieving a personal best time. Certainly this seems a reasonable thing to do and pursuing good health and fitness by cycling is a noble thing.
Do many people just wander off exploring via bike with no particular destination in mind when they leave home?
Even if only occasionally.
Yes. Quite often really. Oh, I have a general idea where I'm going - for example "up Anstey's Hill" and points "north-east" probably returning "Seaview Road" with a coffee at Gumeracha or Birdwood... I plan this ride to take 4, 5 or more hours - it doesn't matter - I might well explore other directions and roads on my ride.
I will enjoy the scenery.
I might join up with other cyclists and go somewhere else.
I care nothing for "PB" and in fact won't even time my ride - the computer is more for a total kilometerage and a bit of a motivator up some of the steep bits.
The best part will be how great I feel when I get home.
Come to think of it - I'm about to do just such a ride.
Not often as I usually set a route the night before with a bailout alternative.
However, I have recently started exploring the eastern hills and, more often than not, I get lost, turn a corner into some awful hill climb, take way longer than planned, eventually get home absolutely stuffed but having had the BEST ride.
Of course then I feel the need to grab a map and outline the route for next time ;-)
All the time. Nothing like setting off mapless, taking any road that takes your fancy until you recognise a familiar road name and head back some other way. You get to see routes you wouldn't dream of taking normally. I call it "organic navigating". When you get back home you attempt to plot your route from memory. A good way to get to know an area. I am the very opposite of a competitive rider.
I would love to, but the restrictions on my leave pass are far to tight to allow for dawdling.
I tend to have a destination in mind but just head in that direction rather than plan a set route.
Well, i must say not too often as for it is hard to get lost or dawdle in adelaide for me, when i know almost every street and avenue in the little country town(as foreigners call our city)..but I do enjoy Orienteering and somethig called Cyclogaining!
You can dawdle in that for a whole 12 hours to 24 hours, going from point to point. Ok i know that is not what you were talking about "exactly" but i just thought id put it out there.
cyclogaining sound like it's worth of a discussion all by itself Matt.
Did a ride this morning with a vague destination in mind but took alternative roads and had on of the best rides for a long time. I suspect my cycling companion may have had a map secreted somewhere though, just in case ;)
Sure did. Was nice not to have to get it out though.
Besides, it didn't have contour lines which would have warned of the mini-Checkers!!
Nor did it have a warning that Aldgate Bakery isn't open on a Sunday. Good for me, bad for Patrick.
Couldn't make it home withoutstopping at a bakery at Flagstaff Hill. A belly full of yeasty goodness, so all is well with the world.
Was a good short cut, we avoided Ayers Hill Rd : - P
Ayers would have been a hell of a lot easier!
Glad you found some calories. I'm going to have a carrot and half a lettuce leaf :-(