The Siren Song of the Road

January 21, 2011

What is it about the above photo that beckons me to hop on my bike and travel?

Perhaps it is the road sign in a foreign language — the seemingly unending lane lined with towering bamboo. Where is the road going? And what is around the next bend?

I quickly glanced at the image and thought, "I'd like to go there."

Then I looked a little closer and it dawned on me: Wait, I've been there. That's me! The image was taken by my wife while we traveled in Thailand in 2005.

What troubles me is that we just returned from a three-month trip. We've barely finished unpacking all our panniers, washing the tent, and filing away the passports. Normally, it would be months before the siren song of the road rang loudly in my ears.

But there I was, gazing at a picture ... dreaming of future journeys.


Photo by Kat Marriner

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


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