One of the things that I love so much about riding the bike is that it gives me the ability to connect with people I would have otherwise never met tooling around in my Jeep. I have met several interesting folks just because I was meandering around on the bike and taking pics. Take this morning’s example; I was taking some shots of this little boat over by the giant cranes on the Mobile River and Casey walks up to me curious as to why I was photographing his little boat. We struck up a conversation and I found out that Casey is a fireman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He put this little 14 foot boat in somewhere in Minnesota and with its little 15 horsepower motor has brought himself to Mobile, Alabama. It took him over 16 days and several nights camping along the Mississippi River, but he made it. He did confide in me that he spent 3 days in hotels along the way. He wasn’t even sure what day it was. He lost one somewhere in there. He thought it was Wednesday. So Apparently he had found someone to buy his little boat somewhere on Dog River, but was nervous about taking the little 14 footer into the bay. If he sells it, he gets to reward himself with a flight home. I gave him my email address so he could keep me updated on his status.
I am not saying you need to talk to every stranger on the street, but biking certainly opens up opportunities to get to meet people, that you would never even see buzzing down the road in a car.