A Sensory Experience
In forest clearings here and there stood little inns and hotels, with maids on balconies pausing from dusting in their dirndls to give me a cheery wave as I swept past. And then, bit by wonderful bit, the road opened out into a symphony of seductive curves.
I swept around them, with the smell of pine in my nostrils, the shifting feel of the bike beneath me, the soaring song of the engine filling my ears and my eyes fixed on the vanishing points of the corners, all of my senses filled to the brim as I drank in the morning.
Except on many of the bends, there was no vanishing point: since you could see all the way around them, all you had to do was keep your focus pinned to the apex as you opened the throttle and emerged onto the next straight with a grin on your face as wide as the Rhine. Still the road played with me, throwing in a few tight bends to keep me on my toes, then opening suddenly to reveal farms and meadows in the valleys thousands of feet below, and beyond, mountains tumbling to the horizon.
By now, I was actually getting faster - I even passed another biker once. It may have been only a pensioner on a Vespa, but you have to start somewhere. It was the end of a perfect biking day.