I wish I'd been able to get in some miles on the bike this summer, but it wasn't to be. I miss it a lot, and now I'm so fat and out of shape. It's quite depressing.
The thing I love about bicycling is that it gives you a way to see the countryside at a slower pace, soaking in the sights, sounds, and yes - smells. A couple years ago (in August) we were riding at least 100-150 miles per week in order to prepare for Cycle Oregon. There's nothing like having a big week long ride to get you motivated ~ you can't "cram" for this sort of experience, and no one wants a suffer-fest. But check out this photo - how could you not fall in love with the bike, and Oregon?
I'm hoping my life/work schedule next spring/summer will allow me to get back in the saddle.