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Project 365 (2021) | 27 September

Ann Strong, 1895, wrote this in the Minneapolis Tribune:

The bicycle is a just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.

Bicycles ARE good company. As much as I love riding with friends, I generally prefer to ride alone. I keep my own pace, I choose my own path, I stop when I want, and continue when it pleases me. I stop for dogs and sometimes talk to their humans. I stop for crows, and keep peanuts in my bike bag to feed them. When I see another cyclist riding in the opposite direction, I nod–they usually nod back, and we are friends for a second (I do not feed them peanuts).

There is no more simple, soul-affirming, universally accessible pleasure to be found than cycling quietly down a shady path beside a briskly-flowing stream on an early autumn afternoon.

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