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A Journey Starts with a Single Pedal

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Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published June 4th 2013
Lao-Tzu once said: "A journey starts with a single step!"

A road trip can mean many things to many people, however a road trip for me is not about the destination, it is about the travel to a place that you might not necessarily get to. It is about setting course in a direction and taking in all the adventures along the way!

Cervantes Road, Western Australia
A Journey starts with a single pedal down Cervantes Road, Western Australia

My road trip starts with a single revolution of a pedal. It is about me and the bike setting course for a direction and knowing that while my hopes are high I may not necessary get to where I would want to cycle to.

Cervantes Road, Western Australia
It's about me, my bike and my silent training partner called Shadow!

One can absorb so much more on a bike and see things you would not necessary see in a car. This past weekend's adventure started on the Cervantes Road, Western Australia. This particular day presented fairly strong winds, and the road has a number of inclines (known as hills) which test all physical limitations. However, those two concerns are soon forgotten when you look ahead and see a mix match of green, blue, rusty brown and grey!

I would never have been able to absorb the beauty of the true Western Australian Setting while in a car! The landscape stretched for miles, not to mention the road as well!
The wild rugged Western Australia

As I was pedaling I noticed these hairy grey caterpillars travelling across the road. I am unfamiliar with the name of these creatures; however I was focused on ensuring that I did not ride over any of them. While I knew their hairs where not hard enough to penetrate my tires, the thought definitely entered my mind. As a result I adopted the better safe than sorry routine.

Hairy Catepillar
While I never stopped to take a picture of these amazing creatures, this is a picture I found that resembles what I saw!

The grey road can hide many creatures outside of my hairy caterpillar find! I was also introduced to two brown snakes, about 30 cm long, making a bee-line to the other side of the road. Snakes in this part of the world are not to be played with, however I also knew that as long as I kept the wheels rolling forward that neither they nor I would make acquaintances. I think we both were happy with that mutual agreement.

It was about one hour into the ride that I decided it was time to turn around. I knew that while I was prepared for a longer ride (food wise) and I was not sure how much further this road would go. My body was already starting to wear from the consistent battle against the wind and was very happy at the thought of "free wheeling" home!

Cervantes Road, Western Australia
Homeward Bound

Of course my tale could not end without another amazing sighting, this time of a fairly big black spider. From my research it resembled that of a mouse spider; however I preferred to keep my wheels rolling forward with the wind behind my back. In the distance I could see the ocean on the horizon, which gave me a mixture of two emotions - happiness and sadness. I was happy because my body felt exhausted and sad because this journey was coming to an end.

As I reflect on my road trip I realize how truly lucky I am to be able to experience all of this in one journey. I know that there are many that would love to see the things I see, smell the rugged bush-lands of a Western Australian Dessert that I smelt, and feel the cold wind against their skin that I did. I know that a road trip is just a revolution away and that an adventure awaits at ever turn of the pedal, and for that I am truly grateful!
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Inspiring - Thanks Brenda!
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2671 days ago
Lovely article, Brenda!
by Carolyn Hopping (score: 2|950) 2663 days ago
Those hairy caterpillar trails are amazing. Great article too :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2654 days ago
Congratulations on getting 2nd place, Brenda.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12604) 2614 days ago
Those caterpillars look so cute. Great article and photography.
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|381) 2621 days ago
Good ride
by SuperDad (score: 1|60) 2640 days ago
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