It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.
~ Ernest Hemingway
I went for a bike ride today. M and I met up with a friend and we rode a part of the Towpath Trail that we haven’t ridden yet. It was a fun ride, especially since we had the added company of our friend (who probably has ridden that section of the trail because she is a cycling machine, putting in an incredible amount of mileage on her bike). The day was hot and humid, but Isaac’s rain held off. We rode 8.7 miles, and had a picnic lunch afterwards.