Saturday was a glorious day to ride in New England. Sunny skies, temps in the mid 70s and no wind. Finally, a good day, even if it had to come at the expense of Bike to Work Week, where it was cold and rainy nearly every day.
I pondered which route to take on my ride. Wanting to do go somewhere different, but too lazy to look at multiple maps, I decided to stay on main roads. While the scenery is not as pretty as the countryside and the traffic much heavier, I figured my chances of getting lost would be considerablly lessened. There are signs in most surrounding towns that would point me back to Providence, the capital of RI and the place I call home.
As I began my ride, I noticed that although it was a Saturday afternoon, typically a day where everyone is out doing errands, the traffic was not too bad. Motorists seemed particularly “nice” regarding giving me the right of way, even when it did not apply. Lots of people were out and about. The vibe was a happy one, probably due to the great weather.
After pedalling through three or four cities and towns, I was on a more rural route which was picturesque and perfect for riding. Had I carefully planned a route, I probably would not included this “main” road for my ride. All in all, riding on main roads and not worrying about getting lost was totally worth it. I’ll definitely ride this route again, and it was nice to be “mapless”.
Another advantage to riding on a road more traveled occurred late in the ride. My rear tire went flat, and not being a cycling DIY person, I immediately found a bus stop just seconds after getting the flat. A city bus brought me and my bike just three blocks from home, where I happily walked it home.
Many people ask me how I can “stand riding in the city”. I think my new answer is “I love it”. Readers, country, city or somewhere in between – what is your favorite?