Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym.
~ Bill Nye the Science Guy
Summer has temporarily returned to the Eastern Shore. The temperature yesterday (and today) hovered around 90 here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. Other places nearby got up to 92, breaking previous record highs. In other words, it is a good weekend to spend at the beach.
Yesterday, M and I spent the morning working around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch before setting out to play on the beach. It wasn’t discipline that kept us from going first thing in the morning. It was the Sea Gull Century.
The Sea Gull Century, celebrating 25 years, is a 100-mile bike ride. You have your choice of two 100-mile routes (the Assateague Century and the Snow Hill Century), or the short ride (the 62-mile Princess Anne Metric Ride). According to the press release, the Sea Gull Century has grown from less than 100 participants to over 7,000 from all around the world, and is now considered one of the oldest and largest bike ride events on the East Coast.
M and I thought we’d avoid most of the cyclists if we waited until after lunch to make the drive to Assateague. Assateague Island is the halfway point for the Assateague Century, and we figured most people would have gotten to that point by 2:00 pm. I am sure we missed most of the bicycle traffic, but we still saw a lot of people cycling to and from Assateague Island on our way to the beach (and a lot of cyclists at the rest stop on Assateague Island).
I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life — it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.
~ Frances E. Willard, How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle, 1895
M and I are thinking about participating in the Sea Gull Century next year. Neither of us are thinking of cycling the entire 100 miles, but half of it, to Assateague Island would be fun (and work!).
In case you’re wondering, Assateague Island National Seashore is closed due to the government shutdown. (If you clicked on that link, you found that the website is closed as well.) I hope the
idiocracy children on Capitol Hill stop throwing tantrums soon and come to some agreement. That’s all I’ll say about that. In the meantime, Assateague State Park is getting a lot of the traffic that would have gone to the national parks (Assateague and Chincoteague).
Tomorrow I’ll bring you more shots from Lulu and the beach. I have decided to start using Lulu more, partially because my regular camera has the hiccups and partially because I need to learn how to use Lulu. I find her to be mysterious in her ways and not as user-friendly as my regular camera, but I suspect that’s because I don’t use Lulu often and haven’t taken the time to get to know her as well as I know my “good” camera.
Thank you for stopping by. How was your weekend? Did you find time to play?
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Worth watching: Wendell Berry, Poet & Prophet. Thank you, Wendell Berry, for, among other things, being the patron saint of farmers markets. And thank you, Bill Moyers & Company, for bringing us this wonderful interview. You might also want to watch the shorter Dance of the Honey Bee. Amazing.