The roads less traveled.

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There have been a lot of different things said about the road less traveled. Things about going your own way and don’t follow the crowd. That you should “zig” when everyone else “zags”. I get that.

I say the road less traveled is littered with potholes but it’s worth your time to take it now and again.



I spend a lot of time in the winter months riding alone and finding my way around the ugly roads in Wisconsin and Illinois. Ugly because of their condition but not their locations. Many of the worst roads I ride are the most interesting and visually stimulating. Picking my way around holes, rocks and downed trees makes my slow winter rides all that much better.



Old barns, barren wind swept corn fields, deer and the occasional coyote crossing my path keep my mind off the cold. I don’t make great time. I do work however, the wind and the soft ground make sure of that.

But mostly, I just enjoy being outside when I ride my bike on those rough roads, the ones lest traveled.



Chasing the Tour de France

I know this summer when I chase the Tour de France for 21 Days I’ll be looking for those roads less traveled. I’ll be looking for the little bits of cycling culture we don’t often get to see on TV. I do hope I find some. And knowing there will be a million other people on my same roads — it may be difficult to get lost, but I’ll try.




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Until the next update – be well, and ride safe.


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Michael Valenti is "The Veloist" - He is an avid cyclist and artist known for his Cycling Art work. Each year Michael chases the Pro Peloton at the Tour de France and other major cycling events. He is available for event and corporate cycling related projects as well as personal commissions for art.

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