For the past month, I’ve been recovering from shoulder surgery. I had a bone spur removed and part of the clavicle shaved down to make more room. It will probably take a couple more months before I’m fully recovered, so in my downtime I’ve been binge-watching some great cycling videos online.

What I’ve discovered is that my favorite cycling-related YouTube channels focus on the adventure and the places. They’re not trying to sell a particular bike brand or product. They’re mostly about having stories to tell, not products to sell. I want to be them when I grow up!

I took about a year off from this site, mostly because I was burned out. It stopped being fun. You may have heard about several popular influencers on YouTube quitting this year. There are a variety of reasons, but mostly it’s just the never-ending demand to always produce content, and the impossible task of satisfying the Google gods, who are always changing the rules. It gets old.

Aventon Aventure on a Bike Path
Aventon Aventure on the local bike path.

I don’t want to be in that game. I don’t want this site, or my YouTube channel, to be something I don’t look forward to. It should be fun, just like riding a bike should be fun! So, my focus is going to be more on enjoying cycling.

I’ll still write about new bike models, and products that interest me. Over the years, I’ve come to know quite a bit about ebikes in particular, so I think I can offer some good advice. I’m still a geek like that.

But, I really want to focus on cycling adventures, especially those that can be done locally.

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The routes that I create won’t always be along bike paths. Illinois, as in many places in the Midwest, has miles and miles of lightly traveled rural roads. They can be as fun and safe to ride as a rail trail. My local bike club organizes rides along such roads every week, when weather allows.

I want to do some single track, too, even if I am a grandma!

The stops on these planned routes are usually at local restaurants, an ice cream shop, or just some place interesting to soak up the local atmosphere.

I’m going to try to put together some one-day and two-day cycling adventures that nearly anyone can ride. I’m not a competitive cyclist, so these are going to be more about creating an experience that will hopefully enrich your life.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to exotic locations for a cycling adventure, but you can still find great experiences close to home, and that’s what I hope to find and bring to people.

I won’t know how good these routes will be until I ride them. Zooming in on Google Earth doesn’t always tell the whole story about a location, like the winds, the traffic, or other issues that might affect a cyclist.

I’ll be utilizing trails is much as possible, because I don’t like riding around traffic. I’m going to try to find the safest, most scenic routes that I can. That’s probably going to be the greatest challenge.

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Mostly, I just want to enjoy this site and my YouTube channel, and meet some nice people. This should be fun!

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Last Update: June 17, 2024