Roads Remembered Best by Bicycle

“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

Hemmingway’s quote is so true. Details of hills and surroundings are remembered more vividly by riding a bicycle. A car doesn’t have to work that hard to get up a large hill. You do when you bicycle, and the effort is appreciated when the hill is conquered.

It especially applies to tackling a series of mountain climbs, enduring scorching sun, and eating dust and sweat for lunch. That was part of my first bike-packing trip in Costa Rica. Although grueling, the sight along the way to Playa San Miguel was beautiful.

Playa San Miguel, along the Pacific Ocean, was a sight to behold. No tourists and very few locals made the beach perfect for relaxation. A brilliant orange sunset was our show for the night. The fresh ocean breeze along with gently rolling waves lulled Bob and me to a peaceful sleep. Playa San Miguel was well worth the effort of getting there.