It comes as no surprise to me how extreme the reactions to cycling can be.
On the one hand, it is a great form of exercise, with fun, companionship and many levels of enjoyment. There seem to be as many bicycles in America, as cars, and that's saying a lot. Who doesn't enjoy the time spent outside in the warmth riding casually with new or old friends, on a pleasant trail or quiet road.
And yet, so many drivers abhor the commuting cyclist taking up space on the roads. Why can't they all get on the sidewalk (if even one was available) or not get in the way of their commute to wherever they must go, as quickly as possible. Never mind, the car driver has little time to see the surroundings they are passing through, or enjoy the delights of exercise. I'm busy and important, and don't you forget it!
So I'm used to these reactions and comments from the road. As I struggle up hills, and delight going down them, swooping into curves and knowing after all this exercise (which I call fun) I can eat most anything I want, having earned these extra calories. I have taken countless images from the seats of my bicycles, just fishing the small camera out of one of the jersey pockets behind me. Anything great is an easy pull over, stopping to take the image.
Once I am on the bike, the pressing times are removed as I am now in the 4th dimension, of space and time, actually not existing anywhere at the moment as I am in motion. Stopping to park a car can be a challenge, not so just dismounting and laying the bike on its side. Stress is removed by exercise, so I am often in a pleasant mood while many others I encounter have no such release. There is a side effect of good health, and as I commute in many levels of weather, my immune system is in great shape, as it gets it's exercise too.
When some new friend asks how long I have been riding or for how much distance I like to compare my accumulated mileage to the diameter of the earth at the equator. It is just shy of 25,000 miles around. I tell them I have travelled this distance more than 4 times around the earth since I have been bicycle riding. The point is, without cycling I would have missed many great photos. A extra bonus is keen eyesight. It's important to scan the road before you for possible things which might cause a flat tire. This trains the eye to see in detail, and helps to see possible images to photograph.
In spite of all the advantages, it is still quite unpopular with many. There have been basically only a small handful of cycling movies to be popular, with the best being "Breaking Away", filmed in Bloomington, Indiana, just 25 miles away from here.
Coincidence? I think not.