A few days ago, when my wife and I were on our way home from a short break on a motorcycle, I wondered what kind of biker I was.
Am I a bike tourist or a traveller, and what’s the difference between the two?
Is there, in fact, a difference, or is it the same thing?
After some thought I came to this conclusion:
The bike tourist uses the motorcycle to get to their destination and then stops, leaves it for several hours, and dedicates him/herself to visiting the place they’ve gone to see.
The bike tourist does things calmly and, if needed, even stops over for a night and leaves the next day.
The bike traveller is, in my opinion, someone who prefers to stay on the bike all day long, enjoying many hours of driving, only occasionally interspersed with some short breaks to see a few places quickly. He/she then leaves immediately, or almost immediately, to discover other places.
One thing is certain, I’m in the middle. I don’t have a problem leaving my bike but I’ve also made trips that kept me in the saddle for many hours and I’ve realised that I don’t actually mind. However, I’m inquisitive and I want to get to know the places I run across on my travels better.
I don’t count the miles, whether it’s a few or a lot makes no difference, but their quality adds to the pleasure of discovery and of knowledge. At the same time, I travel continuously and never, or hardly ever, stop.
I chose to use a bike to get around because I love driving them. They’re the most flexible means of transport, the one with the fewest constraints, but I don’t mind getting about in some other way if need be.
What about you? What kind of biker are you? Write to me in the comments; I’d love to have a chat with you.