I never really learned how to ride a bicycle as a child so as an adult, though I owned a bike, in Humboldt and Winters, and while traveling in Costa Rica and Thailand I just made excuses to avoid bike riding. Just rolling down the driveway truly terrified me. Until this year I had never met anyone else who didn’t know how to ride a bike so I was too embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know how to do such a seemingly simple thing.
|I was super jealous of Tee’s ability to ride his bike and take pictures of us. So cool, maybe I’ll be able to do that someday!|
Don Khon, a flat island with little motorized traffic, seemed like the place to finally tackle my fear and get some practice. I wobbled down the potholed dirt roads and quickly realized why people love cycling. With biking comes such a feeling of freedom and pride. I am impressed with my ability to self propel myself over 45 km in a day. Though I am still terrified of any incline or decline of more than 1%, it’s a start.
|By the time we went to Don Khong I wanted to pedal around the island every day. I was hooked.|
My next childhood challenge: learning how to swim.