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Smell the Flowers

You don’t even need to get out of your driver’s seat to smell the flowers as an overland triker. You become one with the environment along the road’s edge, and as long as it isn’t a grizzly bear, you can just reach out and touch it along the way. Here, a well known triker smiles as he sniffs some delicate purple flowers, and since I am not a botanist, I cannot tell the variety. Anyone with more knowledge than me, which is practically everyone, can leave a comment to this post identifying the mystery. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as pedaling along and touching nature as you travel through it. Out here, you are one with the natural world, not confined to a car where you are separate!

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4 responses

  1. JJ

    Looks like Rosebay Willowherb to me – I think you call it Fireweed over there

    August 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

  2. ghglenn

    I stopped to smell the wild roses yesterday – a lovely cinnamonish scent. And spent this morning pulling the thorns out of my tires and patching two holes… methinks a set of Schwalbe Marathon +++’s are in my shopping list.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

  3. I highly recommend that purchase! Buy the best – pedal past the rest.

    August 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

  4. JJ

    M+ yes. “Fast” tyres are no use if your average is dragged down changing tubes. We have buddleia and honeysuckle sweetening the roadsides at the moment, though mostly in gardens. Buddleia is wild near the Humber bridge over quite an area, really a surprise to see.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm