I bought a lady bicycle last year. I only cycle around the neighbourhood, for I am timid and it has been quite some time since I last cycled. The furthest that I have cycled was with Cyclists Interest Group to Pasir Ris Park at the neighbouring town. The trip was fun, we rode slowly and there was refreshment waiting for us when we reached the park.
I continue with my weekly cycling session alone around the neighbourhood, I take it as the training for my solo trip to Pasir Ris Park. I plan another route, about 1 km longer.
On the fateful day, I embarked on my solo journey with food, drinks and of course, GPS. It was tiring cycling alone, though I stopped once in a while to rest and check that I was on the right track. I was almost exhausted when I reached a bicycle stand. GPS showed that I was near the park and I parked my bicycle there. To my surprise, it was a bicycle stand for a resort. But I was too tired after the long journey, so I had my refreshment.
Feeling refreshed, I walked out of the resort and continued further into a park. If I just cycled for another 50m, I could have reached my destination. But the green scenery has blinded me, I thought it was a dead-end. I walked around the park, enjoying the fresh air and bird chirping, and found a cycling track. I could not leave my bicycle, so I walked back to the resort, and continued my journey on wheels.
The route back was shorter, I cycled all the way back without stopping. It was such a satisfaction.
- Always plan ahead. For students, plan your study.
- Train yourself before the actual trip. For students, practise before exams.
- Make all the necessary preparation for the trip. For students, make sure you bring your stationery and calculator for exams.
- It is OK to detour and take a break. Don’t stress yourself out before you reach the destination.
- Check that you are on the right track.
- Challenge yourself to be better.
- Don’t give up. You will reach your destination eventually, it’s just a matter of time.