zen and now

utah road

“You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment… through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

snowy road

“We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with emphasis on ‘good’ rather than ‘time.'”

rust

“Unless you’re fond of hollering you don’t make great conversations on a running cycle. Instead you spend your time being aware of things and meditating on them. On sights and sounds, on the mood of the weather and things remembered, on the machine and the countryside you’re in, thinking about things at great leisure and length without being hurried and without feeling you’re losing time.”

cablecar moon

~Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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