Happy Halloween – signed Mother Nature and the bicycle

The spiders pulled out all the stops to decorate the prairie along the Hank Aaron State Trail for Halloween this year.

There are a lot of reasons to ride a bicycle from point a to b. Riding a bike a few miles in the City is often faster than driving a car when you factor in parking. Riding a bicycle is healthier than driving a car. You save a lot of money riding a bicycle compared to driving a car. Mostly though, I ride a bicycle because it is more fun than driving a car. I just plain enjoy it a lot more.

The long outriggers that stretch these webs between flowers suggest an engineering genius only found in the imaginations of the world’s best architects.

One of the big reasons I enjoy riding a bicycle is because I feel more a part of the neighborhood I am rolling through. Every day on my short commute I find the wind in my face to be bracing as well as challenging. On each trip, my nose is both rewarded and punished. And the sounds I hear while pedaling quietly along not only help keep me safe , they also fill the gap between the visual and the tactile impressions that weave together my community. I need all these sensations to truly participate in life; without these grounding bits of essential information, I feel as if I am merely a spectator.

With the flowers almost gone, the Fall prairie remains glorious in the early morning sunlight.

Thanks pal, nice work!

Mostly these are things I take for granted on my commute, but occasionally the world offers me up a bouquet of sensory experiences so special that I am overwhelmed and have to stop. Even at the slow pace of my urban cycling, I sometimes need to pull over and put down the kickstand, to touch, look, and smell in an attempt to hold onto some absolutely delicious moment, for as long as mother nature allows.

Usually I only pause for five or ten minutes and the moment slips away. Then I hop back on my bike, and I pedal the rest of the way to my destination. The moment gone, but the memory remains a permanent paver in the bumpy road I am traveling down.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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