February 11, 2011
If I asked you to list the Seven Wonders of the World, would you be able to do it?
You would first have to ask me, "Which seven wonders?"
There are many lists: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Seven Wonders of the Modern World ... the Natural World ... the Underwater World.
No matter what answers you gave, somebody or some organization would disagree with you.
But here is a much more important question, and one that you'll always get right.
What are the Seven WANDERS of YOUR World?
Where do you want to travel? It is a simple question that I find many people don't ask themselves. What are your travel dreams? Pedaling across the U.S.? Your own state? Alaska to Tierra del Fuego? A grand world tour?
Dream big. Dream small. Weekenders to no-time-limit life changers.
Now. Write them down. At least seven of them. You can include more ... it's your list. Remember, there are no wrong answers and your list is always "subject to change."
I'll get things started. Here's my current list:
Adventure Cycling's Great Divide Route
Are these my next seven trips? Probably not. The next place we tour might not even be on the list. But every trip begins with a dream.
Whenever someone asks me about bicycle travel, I ask them where they want to go. It is amazing how often the answer is, "I don't know. I just want to travel."
Take it a step further. Seven steps further.
Make a list.
Seven correct answers that are always subject to change.
What are the seven wanders of your world?
Photo by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.