It’s great to talk about my rides, but can how well can it really translate to people who have never ridden there?
There are certain commonalities to many rides; the elevation profile, sketchy intersections, places prone to the dreaded right hook. Ride narratives can get generic this way, or perhaps better stated they adhere to a kind of ad-hoc standard of description.
After all, other bloggers I read (Bike Noob, Biking To Live, Fat Cyclist) refer to their local routes all the time and I have built a mental image of them. I guess it’s the specifics of a route that lend to it’s quality. I can get a general sense of an elevation profile (false flat, epic lung-burner, etc.) but it’s harder to convey something like the smells of people grilling dinner as I pass through certain neighborhoods, or how flags can be waving in opposite directions within 10 feet of each other on the same street.
Hopefully I can convey what it’s like to do my routes. I guess it’s not the route itself but it is the idiosyncrasies therein. Hope you enjoy the theater of the mind.