words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Biking to a Place Inside and Out / 02

Biking across the tracks and taking photos at Laurel Creek.

In Philadelphia, growing up as a teenager in the 1960’s and 70’s, I enjoyed the freedom biking gave to my friends and I. We had back then what we called “Vroom” bikes. These were the bikes with the big V-shape handlebars (before the smaller BMX).  As a group of young riders we were very competitive. We often challenged others boys from rival gangs in competition to see who could do the longest “wheelies” (lifting the front wheels and pedaling for blocks at a time, turning corners, and riding backwards). Needless to say, we sometimes found ourselves in fights, arguments and riding for our lives. Gangs were a prominent fixture of Philadelphia in the 60’s and 70’s and although we were quite young we were not immune to the violence in rival neighborhoods.

Meditating next to a river of glass and rock at Laurel Creek

2 responses

  1. That meditation painting is very colorful and quite lovely… Hope you had a wonderful restful time. 🙂

    February 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  2. I have been trying to combine my life forces into a regular structure for progressive daily living. Some mornings during the week there is meditation and stretching, other days its the gym for the spin, weight and tone class, late nights on the computer doing art, and mountain biking when I can on the weekends. Oh yes, did I mention working seven days as well…whew 🙂


    February 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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