The Endless Joy of Bicycling
“I once spent four months riding from London to the north of Norway and then turned south toward the ‘heel’ in the boot of Italy.” Alan’s eyes sparkled with pride as he recalled his adventure from years ago, as if that twelve- thousandkilometer-long journey was unfolding right in front of him.
In 2002, Alan Laine left Britain and came to Wuhan as a teacher, where he stayed at Wuhan Britain-China International School for the next sixteen years. As a good mentor, he has unveiled the mysterious world of physics to a great number of students and won the admiration of his students with his rich knowledge. Wuhan Municipal People’s Government presented the Yellow Crane Friendship Award to him in 2012, commending him for his outstanding contribution to education. No one would have expected that Alan, a tall, thin, and academically- minded man had such a physically challenging hobby and such astonishing experiences.
It was two years after obtaining his PhD in Physics at University of Liverpool, that Alan bought his very first bicycle. At that time, he was enthusiastically fond of a variety of sports, and he had always been energetic. In order to challenge himself, he started cycling. Though the long cycling journeys were often accompanied by bad weather, rugged roads, and exhaustion, Alan never quit midway. He said, “It’s a pleasant thing to get away from the crowded, noisy cities sometimes and to ride freely on the peaceful country roads surrounded by beautiful sceneries.”
For a cyclist like him, the dream of adventures would never perish, and the journey of cycling would never come to an end. When in China, he continued to pursue his