Rides bikes, paddles sea kayaks, takes pictures. Life on the road & my home in Cornwall.
In The West
Cornish lockdown riding diaries; time for reflection & reconnecting with my local area - a spiritual place with a deep connection to the ages.
Strange and unsettling times indeed. Because of my asthma and less than stellar history of chest infections, and with the wellbeing of my family and friends in mind, I started avoiding people over a month ago when it became clear what was going to happen. With no plans to travel further afield for the time being, it has felt like a good time to reconnect with my immediate area. There is much to explore, and away from the tourist hotspots, the far west of Cornwall is a spiritual place with a deep connection to the ages.
It is genuinely a lifeline to be able to continue to exercise outdoors; my bicycle helped me rise above the depths of depression
Since then, and having wound back my ride distances in line with the spirit of the guidance in place for the past week, I’m finding great satisfaction in discovering, and rediscovering some hidden gems. Despite the hundreds of thousands tourists that arrived last week to ‘self isolate’ by the beach, it has not been hard to avoid people completely. Initially I was a little nervous about heading out on two wheels this week, as despite the official guidance, I’d seen quite a bit of hate online towards the idea that people could go out for a run, or a ride for example. The reality has been quite different.. the few people I’ve come across have been super friendly, smiles and waves, even the drivers – of which there are very few. I’ve been pondering that; is it that with all the material bullshit and “them and us” mindsets stripped away by the crisis, people feel vulnerable and as such are remembering their common humanity…? Ironically the roads are safer than ever now, the single most common cause of cycling accidents is cars.
It is genuinely a lifeline to be able to continue to exercise outdoors; my bicycle helped me rise above the depths of depression, and with the future of work looking bleak in the short term, I’m hoping that the privilege can remain in place; people just need to behave responsibly. Sadly there is a body of evidence that suggests that ultimately the suicide death toll from the extreme lockdown measures being deployed across the world could be higher than the toll from the virus itself (references supplied on request); having the freedom to exercise is a very good way to offset the stress of the difficult situation in which many find themselves.
Anyway, the pictures below date from February and March. Probably not going to be much more on here for quite a while.