I watched this video and was reminded of my last TransAm, the section on the East Coast, where a couple of groups wanted to catch up to me, and they did. They cut the chords of a route that meandered. Sure, they rode long days, and so did I. But on my path I encountered friends and adventures and met people not on bicycles that I would meet again. I learned more about myself, and had so much more to learn I couldn’t even see it. I am not saying they made a wrong decision, theirs was to be the adventure of speed, the camraderie of pouring over maps in a chase that wound before them every day.
Life is like a bike trip. All paths are different, even if you are on the same map tracks, one minute the road is empty, the next full. One minute you meet someone you will know for a long time, and others you have chance encounters that you recall and faces you can’t.
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going. But what if we’d rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps” that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.