Cycle Your Heart Out
"Your Wheels are Your Paint, The World is Your Canvas"
It started a few years ago, a screenshot to capture the special moment, opposite sides of the world.
I've lost count now, it's become the norm, and it's only sunk in recently.
It seems to have crept up on me slowly...
The realisation that you’ll never be able to take a last minute coffee,
pop over for dinner,
or enjoy a long comforting hug.
The realisation that your future children will never grow up playing together.
The realisation that the only way you can all be together is if you cherish your vacation time, and coordinate so everyone can get at least 2 weeks together...not always an easy task when you’re dealing with multiple countries!
July 2017, all spread out around the world.
I’ve simply had to accept the fact that none of us will ever agree on one country to all settle in.
However, with acceptance comes comfort, maybe we all have different destinies, life has a different plan for us all.
So here we are are, on our way to Cambridge, my mum and sister by my side,
Their faces not in a phone,
Not in an ipad,
Not in a computer,
But physically there, next to me.
Soaking up the realisation, a warm sense of gratitude filled by body.
What I once took for granted, I now cherish with every inch of my being.
To physically be able to spend time with them, and not through a screen, was honestly the best birthday gift.
No longer a snapshot,
But here by my side.
Congratulations to Sustrans worker Clare Dowling for completing a fantastic heart shaped cycle route where she lives in Bracknell!
View map in Detail
What motivated you into cycling your heart out?
I work for Sustainable transport charity Sustrans and we enable people to travel by foot, bike or
public transport for everyday journeys. I am very passionate about my work, and when I saw this Cycle Your Heart Out challenge, I knew it was for me!
Tell us about cycling in Bracknell
I love where I live! I'm lucky to live in Bracknell- a very green and tree-filled town with gorgeous local parks and a great network of cycling routes. I use cycling and walking as my main forms of transport around the local area, and in addition often cycle just for fun or exercise too.
Please share with us the highlights of your heart route
I really enjoyed my little ride today- 4.5 miles around my local area, starting and finishing where I live. I passed gorgeous autumnal trees, dew covered spider webs, foggy fields, cats on high walls and children playing in the park, cutting through the estates on cycle routes and pootling down traffic calmed streets. A good way to spend 30 minutes of my day!
A huge thank you Clare for sharing your Autumn-tastic story with us, we love your photos! Clare is also a photographer in her spare time and you can check out her beautiful photos on her website here.
All Amsterdam Australia Barcelona Brazil Buckingham Cambridge England Europe Formentera France Frankfurt Germany Hackney Holland Italy London Madrid Milton Keynes Munich Netherlands Norfolk Perth Richmond Rio E Janeiro Rome Seville Spain Toulouse Uk