I do cycle, Mountain biking, not very often anymore these days, this image is from this year biking in the Palatinate - no single trail downhill riding 😅
But I did some exciting stuff in the past. In 2006 e.g. I crossed the Alpes with my Mountain bike. It was a guided tour from Zillertal, Austria to Italy, Lago di Garda. It took 5 days and we passed 6.200 metres in height and the whole tour was 280 km long. Here is an image at the board Austria/Italy.
Hello back to you @vinwade what kind of bike do you ride? I never owned a new bike, only very old ones with 3 gears max, so I only enjoyed easy rides. But a few years ago a former colleague of mine (who is the most passionate cyclist I ever met!) sold me a bike he built himself and I absolutely love it. It's a racing bike. While I was afraid of the speed at first, I now can't hold myself but ride fast. 🙂
Hello! I am on a Trek Madone (the low end one:). I am really interested in building my own though. I have a carbon frame but really am on the fence about electronic shifting.
I totally get what you mean about the speed. The first week I was on the road I went down a hill at 63 km/h and was hooked ever since! It's pretty flat where I am so finding a few choice hills is not easy.
I still hike given the opportunity, but you are right, in some cases parks I have stopped at along my travels have been outright closed!
Funny you mention, I recently just started walking to the grocery store. It is not far but I have to pack a little lighter than I would on my bike or car. 😉