Why is riding a bike more difficult than walking.

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Submitted by drmcorps on Sun, 2007-12-09 05:32.

(Note from fellow human: this regards my first attempt to walk across the country. See "project history)

Hello, my name is Boxer, I was wondering why your anti bike, I love my bike and can not understand why you hate them so much. If I was you I would be riding my bike coast to coast not walking.. this is just my humble opinion. please let me know how you feel about my idea.

thank you b
boxer


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Submitted by fellow human on Sat, 2007-12-15 21:51.

Hello fellow human Boxer.

First, did we meet in person?

If so, would you refresh my memory as to the meeting?

And now: hmmm. I'm trying to figure out how you got the idea that I hate bikes.

Actually, I think bikes are wonderful machines that provide for exercise, thrills, and responsible transportation.

But there are several reasons that I've chosen walking over biking.

First of all, I'm doing this to capture people's attention and I'm not ashamed to say the walking is a bit of a hook for the observer's sense of adventure and appreciation for tenacity. People, particularly the media, are much more interested in checking into a person who's walking across the country rather than one that's biking it.

Second, I wear signs to attract people's attention, interest, and especially to notify them that there might be something they may wish to talk with me about. But biking, both because of it's high speed capacity and because it takes place primarily in the street, would present me as a person that is less inviting to talk to than would walking.

Third, when a person, namely me, travels to a different place every day for months on end and has to find refuge for safe sleep wherever he ends up every night---were talking bushes and woods and culverts here---having a bike (especially one with big bright signs on it) can be a severe disadvantage.

And fourth, believe it or not, I actually have a lot to say out here and the much shorter time afforded by biking coast to coast wouldn't give me the duration within which I need to get into the swing of this thing so I can complete the talking off of your ear.

So I hope that explains why I chose walking over the use of one of humanity's most accessible beasts of burden, the trusty bike.

Please let me know if we met and how, Boxer.

Hang on to your ears. -fellow