With his heart pounding in his chest and hands shaking, the Italian scientist Gallileo pointed his homemade telescope towards the night sky. Condensation meant he had to stop to wipe the lenses. He gazed upwards towards the myriad of twinkling lights and then towards the moon which would never look the same again. The year was 1610 and it was the firt time a human had ever seen that the smooth looking disc of the moon was in fact alive with mountains and craters.
In our experience, mentioning you're thinking of packing your lycra and embarking on a cycling holiday often gets you disbelieving looks from those non-cyclists around you. "Are you mad?" "What?, why?!" "When I go on holiday I just want to relax, eat and drink a lot and laze around on the beach, everybody else MUST do that too!"
Maybe it's not quite that bad :)
Here in the frozen north, our cycling options become severely limited from about October onwards. Ok, yes, we now have fat bikes to keep us amused some of the time but we all dream about taking our bike somewhere warm now and again.