One of my favorite ongoing adventures is the one I'm constantly nurturing with my bicycle—Eggplant. I spend an average of an hour and a half a day riding my bike, whether it's to and from work (24 miles round trip) or it's out to the farmlands or hillsides of Austin, Texas.
I think I've loved bicycles since 2011 when a dear lover gave me my first road bike, the bike I still currently ride. It wasn't until I moved to Austin in June 2014 that I really understood how much I love to ride my bike. Before I joined the hyper-physically active Austin culture I'd only ever tried to ride my bike more than a mile or two once—in the dead heat of Alabama summer, before I knew exactly how changing gears could work to my advantage.
I've now put about 1,500 miles on Eggplant and the number will forever continue to grow. Cycling has turned from this cool thing that I kind of did to a true passion of mine. It's better than a cup of coffee in the morning (though I still indulge in two or three cups after I arrive at the office...), it keeps me from sitting idly and angrily in traffic, and it reminds me to look around and notice little nuances of daily life. It enables me to relax and casually travel the six miles between my house and downtown Austin, and it allows me to engage my terribly competitive personality by pounding up and down 80 miles of hills in West Austin.