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Scarlet has been touring completely under her own power since she was 8 years old. Up until that point I was using various means of hauling her, her bike and her gear on my bike for tours when she would get tired. But at age 8 she and I rode the Erie Canal, 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany, NY, USA in 8 days.
Now, I’m aware of the increasing impact of what we choose as our pastime on the environment. Cycling as transport may be as carbon neutral as it comes, but the manufacture of every product that allows us to do this isn’t. And, while I do ride for transport, I also drive and fly to go and ride. I think my halo just slipped. Actually, I think it fell under the front wheel of my van and got ran over on the way to the mountains.
I wait at the top of the trail. We’ve been hike-a-biking for maybe an hour or so, although we’ve not travelled that far. The nearly 3000m altitude has something to do with that, as do the views above the majestic Coll Agnel – dropping down into Italy and across into the French Queyras range. The huge Monte Viso stands proud in the crispest of early autumn skies.
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I was gifted and reacquainted with the spirit of adventure and wanted others to experience it too. For me, it was a calling. That ever-present vibration and rhythm, that lies within all of us. The thing that gives us a twinkle in our eye, and a skip in our step.