So today’s Debrief is inspired by a forum thread over the weekend on The Joys of Getting Lost.
It’s easy nowadays to fall into a rut thanks to the united hive mind of the internet, shared gpx files and magazine ride guides; never venturing beyond the known and *** rated.
Not willing to ride the mediocre, no time for anything, just a demand to get straight to the good stuff™. Time is more than money, if it’s not recommended it’s not worth it, no space for wasted ‘quality’ time.
But it’s good to know there’s others out there that like the possibilities of dead ends, wasted graft, effort expended purely on the hope of something at the end of it.
All the best trails are the result of exploration, of putting your eggs in one basket, shit or bust style. The hour long hike a bike because there’s just got to be something to reward the effort and optimism; the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
It’s that joint venture into hopefulness, no map knowledge, just a feeling that there’s something out there. An unspoken willingness to gamble on a perfect outcome, time invested to hunt out and find, that’s one of the most enjoyable feature of so many bike trips that I’ve been on.
Sometimes it’s good to just get lost, put away the map, ignore the internet, step away from forum ‘wisdom’ and embrace exploration. You never know what you might find, but whatever it is it’ll feel good riding it…