"Freedom is riding a bicycle"
The last time I had been on a bike I was making the final pedal strokes into Tbilisi, Georgia, weary after a 5,155 mile journey across Europe. I’ve been home for six weeks since, and haven’t so much as glanced at bike. Yesterday, I decided to ride home from work.
It was just after midnight, and as I climbed onto my bike in the inky blackness, I was alone, except for my long shadow falling flatly onto the pavement from a haloed amber streetlight rising behind me. I savoured the solitude and silence, with only my warm breath quietly crackling in the cold night air.
I hadn’t expected to experience any emotion at cycling again; I’ve said before, it was never about the bike. But, within a few rotations my legs began to act on auto-pilot, intuitively beginning to spin freely and naturally. They had spun 3 million times already this year, and it seemed refreshing to be at it again, as if guiding the pedals rounds was their very purpose. Momentum continued to build, faster, and faster. The air began to rush through my hair and against my face – I suddenly felt more alive than at any other time since returning home. I was quickly short of breath, a result of the exhilaration, and uncontrollable burst of exertion.
Something had seemed to awaken within me, as if, after a period of hibernation a distant recollection had been stirred within the murky alcoves of my brain. What had once been a familiar feeling was suddenly realised again; pure and absolute freedom. The world felt small and exciting, the strong tug of distant places, more seductive than ever and, for the first time, I knew I could go absolutely anywhere I wanted, for the road would lead me there... wherever ‘there’ was. . I wanted to turn and melt into the shadows, no longer afraid of what the darkness hid, but aware that there was potential for great adventure to found.
I am returning to Georgia to continue my adventures around the world in Spring 2015.
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