Why do so many of us computer programmers and other engineering and science geeks take up cycling? Think about it:
In sum, cycling is a perfect fit for those of us who are better at understanding regular systems than at understanding unpredictable social agents.
- It's an activity that centres on a mechanical device.
- It's a sport that involves repetitive movements.
- It's a sport that, as we practise it, doesn't involve a great deal of rapid and unpredictable demands to coordinate with other people in a team.
- It's an activity in which reciprocal social interactions are manageably brief and delimited, constrained as we are by riding single-file in the wind.
- It's all about maps and wayfinding.
(the long ones, anyway)
- La Jolla to Hollywood, spring 1993
- New York City to Baltimore, summer 1997
- Baltimore, Maryland to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, summer 1997
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Somerville, New Jersey, summer 1997
- Cambridge, Massachusetts to Provincetown, summer 1999
- Middlesbrough to London, spring 2000
- London to Berder Island, Brittany, summer 2002
- Cambridge to London, various times
- Provence: Bouches-du-Rhône & Var, September 2005
- Ruhrgebeit: Bochum, Essen, Mülheim & Duisburg, March 2007
- Seattle, May 2007
- Paris to Nantes via the Loire Valley, July 2007
- Boston to Long Island via the ferry from New London, August 2007
- Mount Palomar, November 2007
- Cayuga Lake (AIDS Ride for Life), September 2008, 2009
- Ballygunge, Kolkata to the Bangladeshi frontier at Taki Ghat, 19 February 2012 (pictures coming later)
Nick Martin has detailed logs of his cycling tour across North America, a feat of leisure of which I can only dream.