Saturday, July 30, 2011

Free and Untrammelled

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel . . . the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.
Susan B. Anthony, American civil rights leader, 1896

I'm not sure that I am a picture of free, untrammelled womanhood as I bike around my hometown but it feels good to get some exercise, particularly after a lazy day spent in bed, and particularly today when I can congratulate myself for surpassing 100 kilometres on two wheels with this evening's ride to visit my favourite dog.

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