A lovely post and it is true that cycling in England (outside London anyway) is enjoyable as described. Winding country roads with fairly decent tarmac and almost no cars; random pubs dotted around, usually on a river or pittoresque setting for a lunch stop; shade and wind protection from trees and hedges. The winter weather makes up for the lack of hills: when you're fighting 50-100kph winds it is not dissimilar to climbing l'Alpe d'Huez. I got wind chill just looking at the photo of the Seven Sisters.Photography and cycling, two of my interests combined perfectly.
Grounded by the pandemic, a travel photographer spent the year pedaling the roads around his home, resulting in a series of poetic self-portraits.www.nytimes.com
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His native Australia is easily one of the most stunning and enjoyable places to cycle, especially road (once you get out of the metro areas). Its issues are unique to its fauna (human or otherwise), fun anecdotes can be found here: https://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=17399 such as the latest "angry brown snake snapping at bike" sightings.
I had the same experience returning from the Blue Mountains to Sydney on that giant potholed Western "Motorway" with all three lanes at 130kph bumper to bumper. The rack shook so much the back of the bike detached from the rack and flew into the wind, flapping like a tail.Having a super weird day. As relates to biking, I was driving back from a mountain bike ride when I heard some honking and people driving by flagging at me. Turns out my bike bounced out of my bike rack. Before I got in the car, I double checked that the bike was secure and it's a pretty secure rack design so I'm not quite sure how it came loose.