Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Riding in a Bubble

It was cooler today, in the 60's, as compared to 90 yesterday, as I went for my bike ride. The temperature dropped sharply late evening and the bike trail was swamped with bugs at few places, especially near the swamp. I swallowed a few bugs on the way back, which must have given me an extra oomph to buzz off cuz I made good time. But this post is not about bugs. It is about birds and sounds. And being aware of those sounds. About awareness itself.
On the trail, seeing a fellow rider with his iPod made me reflect on why I don't carry mine when I go biking. It is because, I told myself, I want to be aware of my surroundings when I ride. Listening to iPod would cut me off from the woods I am riding in, and thus disconnected from the woods but connected to my iPod would be as if I am on the stationary cycle in the gym, which I don't quite enjoy. The whole purpose of biking outdoors would be lost.