The view from the sometimes uncomfortable saddle of a bicycle is unique. It offers intimate insight into the people cyclists meet, the geography surrounding us, the roads we travel on, and the mechanism by which we move about. All are seen at the deliberate speed that can be experienced only on a bicycle. This story is not just one about the rides, but also the transformation of a shy, nonathletic kid. A cross-country bicycling trek after college graduation became his rite of passage, but the things that lead up to that trip make for a series of fascinating stories unto themselves.