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Quite a pair­ing My wife, Janice, and I en­joy bike tour­ing and are al­ways on the look­out for places to cy­cle. When I saw the “10 Dream Rides” on the cover of your Fe­bru­ary/march is­sue, I quickly flipped to the ar­ti­cle. I must com­pli­ment you on match­ing Sam Whit­ting­ham’s Naked Bi­cy­cles with the Barossa re­gion tour. When we re­tired from teach­ing i n June 2009, we had Sam, who had been a for­mer stu­dent of ours, build us a cou­ple of steel-frame road/tour­ing bikes. In Oc­to­ber 2012, we flew with our Naked bikes to Ade­laide and, along with an­other cou­ple, em­barked on a three-week ad­ven­ture. The goal was to seek out fine wines by cy­cling to as many winer­ies as pos­si­ble. We planned a loop from Ade­laide that saw us cy­cling through the Mclaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Mount Ben­son, Coon­awarra, Wrat­ton­bully, Eden Val­ley and Barossa Val­ley wine re­gions.

Man­fred Hensel Camp­bell River, B.C. Boost for a be­gin­ner At the age of 44, I took up cy­cling with my hus­band as a way to join him in his hobby. I could barely ride 5 km that year. At 46, I en­tered the 20-km Paris to An­caster ride. At 47, I en­tered the 22-km Hard­wood Sin­gle­track Clas­sic. I was over­whelmed and in­spired by the sup­port from the other cy­clists in the race. As a be­gin­ner, I was clearly out of my league and strug­gled to com­plete the event. The other cy­clists shouted en­cour­age­ment that kept me go­ing. I fin­ished. My next goal is to en­ter a road race. I am not an ath­lete, but I am now a cy­clist. Cy­cling has given me con­fi­dence and taught me about per­se­ver­ance and be­ing part of a great com­mu­nity where you are ac­cepted no mat­ter your skill level. Cy­cling is a great way to stay healthy both in body and mind. I love cy­cling. I tell oth­ers that they should try it be­cause if I can do it, they can, too. Priscilla Cochrane Mount For­est, Ont.

A great es­cape from the city In sum­mer 2017, I did a ride that changed my per­cep­tion of Kitch­ener-water­loo, Ont. I’ve lived here for years, mak­ing the move do my PHD at the Univer­sity of Water­loo. Be­fore com­ing here, I sold my car, think­ing I wouldn’t need one. I fig­ured I’d rely mostly on my bike and tran­sit when weather was not good. But, when I got here I re­al­ized quickly that own­ing a car would be cru­cial to my well­be­ing, par­tic­u­larly in or­der to ac­cess na­ture. Kitch­ener has some nat­u­ral ar­eas, but they are quite dif­fi­cult to ac­cess by bike (due to safety on busy high­ways) and the tran­sit sys­tem is spotty. So, I re­signed my­self to ei­ther not get­ting a dose of na­ture on a reg­u­lar ba­sis or to pur­chas­ing a ve­hi­cle so that I could get out of the city. I was feel­ing pretty iso­lated, which is com­pounded by the fact that cy­cling isn’t par­tic­u­larly safe in my city.

But, one day, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to bike out to Cam­bridge on the river trails. I’d never re­ally thought about it, but de­cided to do it with her. Get­ting out of Kitch­ener was kind of tricky, and at times, dan­ger­ous. But, once we got out to the trails, it was pretty bliss­ful. Given that Kitch­ener doesn’t have good sep­a­rated cy­cling infrastructure, I’d for­got­ten the joy of rid­ing with­out hav­ing to worry about dodg­ing cars. That, in con­cert with the green­ery sur­round­ing me, made for an amaz­ing day out on the trails. On the way to Cam­bridge, we biked past some pretty old stone build­ings and even spent some time near the river. The whole experience was just a won­der­ful re­minder of how a bike ride in the woods can rejuvenate you. Since then, I’ve de­cided against pur­chas­ing a car and reg­u­larly try to get out on the trails. It’s changed my per­cep­tion of my city and ac­cess to na­ture.

Robin Mazumder Water­loo, Ont.

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