And then you might have some idea why some of us carry a GPS, and a satellite tracker to call for help if necessary, and to let our loved ones know when we’ve arrived at our evening’s destination.
It’s because I saw a German couple on a BMW R1200GS, full of “gadgets”, that those thoughts crossed my mind. That’s who I am: when I see or hear food for thoughts, I write down some key-words, which later become a text.
My text is just food for thoughts, nothing else. It doesn’t contain any advice, less so a lesson. You understood that what I wrote down is true for most people, but that it doesn’t apply to everyone. Exception makes the rule. You also understood that the text was meant to remember people that a bike is not a “gadget tool” but “a way of living”. Besides this, each one does what pleases him or her.
And then again, one should make a difference between “need” and “want”. In your example, you certainly “need” a GPS. Some don’t “need” it, but “want” it anyhow. I have absolutely nothing against it. I myself don’t “need” a bike, but I did “want” one. To tell the truth, this is a lie: I do “need” it, but not in a “materialistic” way, in a “philosophical” way, meaning “I cannot live without one”.
Your reply was very interesting, because it made me realize that I forgot to mention the satellite tracker, which I consider, as you do, as one of the most useful modern tools to have on a bike. Even in Crete, when I get lost in the mountains, I sometimes don’t have a phone connection to tell my wife I’m lost … again. It scares me sometimes. That’s why a first buy was a Dynaplug set, to be able to repair a flat tyre and save myself from becoming a dried skeleton somewhere up there in the mountain. A satellite tracker with live tracking is first on my wish list.
I’m a pedant. This may surprise you, because in common language this word is pejorative, meaning “one who shows-off with knowledge”. It’s an error! The first meaning of pedant is “one who guides, instructs”, in other words: “teaches”. There I am! Pedantic … again.
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