Encounters of a rural kind
If you are a high mileage cyclist, and you want to survive the hazards of the open roads, you have to make some wise decisions. One of those decisions must include sensible choices of routes, not only to maximise your own enjoyment, but also to minimise the chances of accidents. I am seldom intimidated by busy roads. I generally feel able to occupy my own space and command respect from other road users. But better still is the ability to avoid those busy roads in the first place. I would guess that at least 90% of my mileage is on quiet country roads, some of which seldom see traffic at all.
Once out in the country, you can enjoy the freedom of space, the panoramic views, the enticing little nooks that stop you in your tracks and demand a photo. These moments are unpredictable and happen without warning. So many times I have been frustrated because I had left my camera behind. Now, a little wiser, I always take my pocket digital camera because there are moments and places out there that are worthy of a place in your digital photo album. Here are a few taken in the past few days.