Have bicycle, will travel


July 18, 2013 by petrujviljoen

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100 words

Genre: Literary Fiction

I shall get on my bicycle and travel in ever-expanding circles until I find the exit to this labyrinth my thoughts can’t get out of. I shall keep going until I’ve lost all sense of cultural, societal, political, economic, religious programming, so critically instilled. The rhythmic work of pedalling will erase all sense of what I’ve ever been. I shall leave this place of noise and man-made structure of expectant achievement. I shall …

”Hey, Iris! Come and have some coffee!”

Oh. Oh, look, it’s Ariel!

  • Involuntarily she veered off, tied up the wheels, ordered coffee.


37 thoughts on “Have bicycle, will travel

  1. kz says:

    sigh.. perhaps next time, then. i wish her luck 🙂

  2. Coffee just plain old trumps everything! Nicely done.

  3. denmother says:

    Distraction comes far too easy, doesn’t it. A good tale.

  4. This leaves me kind of sad, in a good, thought-provoking way. Well done.

  5. And so easily greatness can be diverted 🙂 great story

  6. The bike is great for dreaming. And maybe one day for making the dreams come true. And better to dream than not to dream. And good to share a drink with Ariel or whoever.

  7. annisik51 says:

    Oh, yes, it doesn’t take much persuasion for us to ‘get off our bikes’. I like the idea of the bike as a sort of whirling dervish on wheels! Ann

  8. Erinleary says:

    Funny how our resolve weakens for good company and good coffee. Nice one!

  9. troy P. says:

    Oh, I’ve been there quite often, and you described the feeling to perfection!

  10. Good story. How easily we are influenced by social interactions. Ron

  11. hmv says:

    This is great 🙂

  12. Dear Petru,

    Have to have my coffee in the morning. The meditation can be put on hold. Nice one.



  13. Sandra says:

    I can always put meditation on hold for a strong coffee.

  14. She can get back to her dreams a/o meditation again. Sounds a bit like when you twirl around and around until you get so dizzy you fall over. I like your idea although I must admit I was thinking what a hazard she would be to those more literal souls walking/biking/driving in her vicinity. 🙂


  15. Joe Owens says:

    Sometimes we have to embrace unconventional means to accomplish mental peace. Riding in ever larger circles could be the best way.

  16. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Most of the time we do what we have to do, dreaming of what we’d most like to do. C’est la vie…

  17. lewis cave says:

    I hope the coffee helps concentration, although that has never worked for me.

    • petrujviljoen says:

      I love my coffee. In moderation. Whether it helps travelling by bicycle is another matter. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. zookyworld says:

    It’s a coffee break… but I have to wonder if, at some point, she’ll return to her original mission, of meditating on the bike. I think that sounds like a neat idea.

  19. Gabriella says:

    We are sometimes the best at thwarting our own plans!

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