Paris-Nice Evokes Wanderlust

I happened to catch the end of today’s stage of Paris-Nice. I enjoyed it thoroughly.  While it is not an opinion that I have, I have heard that people find bike races quite boring.  Certainly it is more fun to be in them rather than watch them, but you can’t beat the scenery.  Wow!

Last year I took to cycling vacations and found myself cycling through some awesome landscapes. I was fully immersed in it all.  We crossed mountains, rivers, and lakes.  We road along the coast and into the woods and tall grasslands.

As I was watching them coast down roads with rocky faces, I really found myself wishing I were on vacation again. I wish I had the financial wherewithal to take so many more cycling vacations.  Maybe I need a sponsor with deep pockets to help defray the costs of my dream lifestyle.

I have been reading some amazing posts about people who seem to have vacations every month, or at least that what it seems. They seem to have made a career out of traveling.  Am I jealous?  Somewhat.  I know it isn’t all perfect.  I know that they have worked hard to get the travel opportunities they have taken.  I also know that compared to many people I know, that my lifestyle is enviable.  However, today, after watching those sleek bikes careening through picturesque French villages and racing down mountain passes, I can’t but help wishing I were on a bike somewhere right now.  This is especially true when I look out the window and see the snow starting to fall.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to Paris-Nice Evokes Wanderlust

  1. Sheree says:

    It’s raining on Cote d’Azur, and likely to continue all weekend. However, on the 300 days of the year the sun shines, it’s one of the best places to cycle.

    • Sheree, you’re correct, and it’s been raining here for what seems like weeks, grey skies, cold, just like the UK, never mind the couple of days snow we had too. I cycle to work and for leisure, and the generous cycle paths we’re given plus scenery is a true joy. Roll on the good weather 🙂

  2. Heide says:

    Isn’t it agony to watch someone doing something you love in some gorgeous exotic location, as you look out the window and see steel-gray skies and MORE SNOW? I think I can empathize just a bit with you, Anthony. I’ve certainly envied some of my friends who make a living as travel writers and photographers — just as I’ve envied a couple who have left Minnesota and moved to Paris full-time. But knowing all of these people well and watching the trajectories of their lives has been a wonderful reminder that the grass isn’t always as green as it seems. That said, I do hope a generous sponsor will come through for you so you can go pursue the cycling lifestyle of your dreams. 🙂

    • Anthony says:

      Thank you so much for your kind…and wise words. Please don’t worry that these thoughts are occupying my mind 24/7. They mostly came about because I was watching a bit of television and wondering what I should write about today.

      • Heide says:

        Haha! I’ve been reading your blog long enough to know that thoughts of envy don’t occupy your mind 24/7, Anthony. But Japanese candy? Now, *that* is another matter. 🙂

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