Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Adventure Ends

It's been two years since I started this blog and I'm throwing in the towel.

Some of the things I set-out to do have been achieved; 
  • I've overcome my writing-shyness and now feel comfortable talking in a one-way conversation to perfect strangers.
  • I've shown-off some of the places I ride and the city I love to people around the world. 
  • I've met some nice genuine people online with common interests. 
  • It's ended up as a bit of a diary of my cycling life and is interesting (to me at least) to look back on and see what I got up to.
But I've failed in other ways;
  • My writing hasn't improved, and that was one of my main objectives.
  • I've fallen into the trap of feeling a bit full of myself at times and trying to make my life sound more interesting than it really is. There's a certain amount of ego involved in writing a "solo" blog and I'm not entirely comfortable with that. 
  • My wife resents the time I spend on it and friends and work colleagues just think I'm stupid.
  • Hardly anyone reads it and fewer comment.
Although I plan to spend less time in front of the computer I'm starting a community cycling blog for my neighborhood. There is nothing out there for everyday cyclists, it's all about road racing, mountainbiking and BMX. Of course I may be the only one interested in nurturing bike culture around here, we will see.


Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and left a comment or two, I really appreciated it. I will not be deleting the blog and if I do something interesting worth sharing there may be a post or two in the future.

And lastly a big thank you to Doug for encouraging me to start this blog in the first place and leaving the first comment. His cycle commuting has been an inspiration and taken me from a once a week "toe in the water" to riding every day without even thinking of taking the car. 

Keep the rubber-side down,
- Antoine