I usually find myself getting on my bike to get out of town away from people and find a little bit of solitude, which usually leads to some pretty amazing views along with it. What I sometimes neglect to remember is that even a mellow pedal through town for coffee can lead to the same sense of wonder and appreciation of one’s surroundings that adventuring into the hills can bring.
Just pedaling the bike, trying to make it there in one piece, not looking for any PRs or rad lines gives you time to take in your surroundings (especially useful when keeping an eye out for distracted drivers) and appreciate just being on the bike. I was lucky enough to catch a superb sunset at a local pond this evening and took some time to soak it in. It’s not a spot in town I would usually expect myself to be finding an awe inspiring view, but It was an ideal way to wrap up what has already been a good day. Ride your bike, doofus.