Adaptation can be rewarding. For some, perhaps, it is a matter of survival. Not all circumstances can be controlled, at least not in the near term. So working with what one has seems better than constantly struggling to change things that aren't practical to change. With limited time resources, what can the aspiring bicycle tourist do?
Fortunately, the S24O was invented. The Sub-24-hour Overnight camping trip is an excellent example of a limited time resource adaptation, and has numerous rewards. But what if time constraints are even tighter?
How about a micro-tour? Basically, it involves a short distance, destination based bicycle tour. I suggest packing and using at least one-piece of your touring gear. Otherwise, it seems like maybe it would be simply be a short ride. Besides, since we've made the investment in cool gear, let's find an excuse to use it.
Today's example is a "Coffee in the Woods Micro-Tour". I packed up my gear last night, minimizing early morning hassles. I rolled out this morning, using my lights, just as the sky begin to lighten. I silently cruised down to a pre-determined lonely spot under creekside pecan trees. I sat down roadside and put some water on to boil.
I waited patiently. No hurry. The faithful fixed-wheel country bike stood, as always, at the ready. I listened to the birds, creek gurgles, and the crackling of a micro-fire in my Kelly Kettle. I sipped the fresh brew...
...in an anti-coffee shop, and enjoyed the calming view.
Did time slow down?
The scent of wood smoke, fresh coffee, and damp leaves is amazing. Adapting to constraints, and seizing the moment to bag a micro-tour is simply priceless.
mileage = approximately 4
elapsed time = 1 hour, 15 minutes
weather = 41 degrees, light mist
I'm proud to say that I think today's adventure should qualify me for my micro-tour merit badge.