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!


About trike hobo

Steve Greene is a naturalist, philosopher, and teller of tales. He pursues absolute truth in all things, modifying his existence as supported by legitimate evidence. His ideological foundation rests on the respect of life, as he follows a path of health, serenity, and maximum functional longevity. He has authored eleven books, and is a noted authority on Death Valley National Park, human powered recumbent cycle touring, fitness and longevity, and professional law enforcement. Steve has not owned a petroleum powered automobile since 2008, as part of his environmental preservation paradigm. He eats an organic vegan diet, exercises regularly, and enjoys exploring the wilderness. Harmony with nature tops his priorities. To learn more about Steve, please visit:
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4 Responses to Smell the Flowers

  1. JJ says:

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

  2. ghglenn says:

    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.

  3. Steve says:

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

  4. JJ says:

    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.

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