There's something beautiful about seeing the countryside up close and personal. Plus when you're biking, you don't go as fast as in a car. You feel closer with the beauty and landscape at hand. You smell the air (and fresh manure) and feel the wind in your face.
In biking through this picturesque county, I saw Amish and Mennonite farms. Children played outside barefoot with farm animals. Fresh cut flowers were being sold on the roadside at several farms. And of course no one was out there manning the booth. If you wanted flowers, you stop, pick some out, leave some money and drive along. It's the honor system.
In riding through the countryside I couldn't help but be drawn to this simple, peaceful, serene life. Honestly I was tempted to knock on a farm door, check in my computer and cell phone and live the simple life for 6 months. I wonder what that would be like--taking a break from the rigors of everyday stresses; unplugging from technology (that supposedly helps us be more efficient when in fact it steals time away from us being in the moment); giving up modern day conveniences like cars, indoor plumbing (ok, I admit, this one would be really hard for me) and lights.
Maybe they are on to something. We believe faster is better. We want efficiency and increased productivity. It's all about helping the bottom line. We've made a lot of advances, but haven't we sacrificed friends and family and quality relationships in the process?