The Spirit of Adventure.
Emerson said, “God laughs in flowers.” On a bicycle journey across America, you pedal through, along and past billions of flowers of every color, shape and description. God’s laughter speaks to your visual senses. If you hop off your bike, you may enjoy glorious fragrances given off by flowers. Poets say that flowers gave flight to butterflies.
Both delight your life. As you grow older, giving a rose to your loved one means, “I love you.” Just for a moment, on your journey, you pedal through Milford, Ohio when you ride up on a bicycle at the edge of town exploding with flowers. A plaque reads, “Bikes in Bloom.”
You take a shot.
You remount your bike to travel down Main Street, and to your delight, you instantly fall in love with dozens of bicycles blooming with flowers in front of every storefront. You smile, you laugh, you delight in the glorious beauty of bikes blooming with all the colors of the rainbow. You chuckle to yourself, “Gosh, life doesn’t get any better than this.” Yes, you laugh with the flowers.
Frosty Wooldridge bicycled on Route 50 out of Cincinnati, Ohio, east through the little town of Milford, Ohio in the summer of 2012. At first, he captured one bike blooming with flowers on the edge of town. Within minutes, he pedaled past dozens of bikes blooming with flowers. Old bikes, new bikes, bikes yarned up with “Pac Man” woven into the front spokes along with mother and daughter bikes with rhinestone belts. Flowers of every description greeted his eyes. He laughed, he smiled, he spoke to everyone on the sidewalks about the beauty. It’s true, life doesn’t get any better than flowers.
Frosty Wooldridge, 6 continent world bicycle traveler, author of How to Live a Life of Adventure.