“This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places.”
–Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Here are a few photos from places I’ve cycled the last few months in New Mexico. One of the great pleasures of cycling is the sense of appreciation it builds for the places we live in. Every ride the splash of wind, the lay of the light on the land, the wildlife I see gives exquisite pleasure and imbues me with a sense I am in the most beautiful place on earth in this moment.
Highway 64 takes you high into the Brazos Mountains above Tierra Amarilla with views of the Brazos Cliffs
The Sandia Crest road about halfway up. Those green patches are the ski slopes
Cycling is special like music. It gives us a chance to express ourselves and sprinkles a little magic into our lives. Every ride is a chance to be creative, explore our abilities, increase our capabilities, develop leadership skills, improve results and build up our trust and confidence.
When I go outside I experience the great mystery. It’s like walking into an art gallery or concert hall. The road is the pathway in, and the best ones are aligned in subtle ways to fit to place. Traveling there gives us an expansive feeling, like we are part of something greater than ourselves. As much as we recognize this beauty, we can assimilate it into our understanding. Cycling is a living communion, a humble conversation, touching infinity. A way of learning.
Our effort, our sweat and breathing, is the sacrifice, the price of admission. Suffering on a bike is not that bad, actually beneficial, when we realize we get way more than we give. It’s a small fee to enter a much larger world. It’s cathartic, cleansing, and happily satisfying.
“Every place, like every person, is elevated by the love and respect shown toward it, and by the way in which its bounty is received.” –Richard Nelson, The Island Within
I am grateful for cycling!