It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.When I bike with Sprout in the front child seat, he usually announces whatever topography we're riding over, "We're going up a hill!" or "This is a bumpy road, Mama!". I think he knows our neighbourhood much better too, as he can see it so well from the bike seat, as compared to in a car seat. When we walk places, he already seems to know how to get there if I let him take the lead.
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