An inquisitive curiosity led me to ask people I know about their view on particular subjects. It’s called ‘Mirror View’ because it’s not an interview, as I give my view on each question too. I find it interesting to see the difference in perceiving.
This idea arose from a friend of mine I’d not met at the time of writing this, Heike. She interviewed me some time ago, as she did with several other solo female cyclists. She made a beautiful portrait of each of us. The spark to start questioning came when I met a motorcyclist in Paraguay; and I saw the huge differences in transport.
Click on each name to find their particular View in the Mirror I held in front of them:
Yves, for 9 years in the saddle. I asked Yves about the differences between a man and a woman riding solo in Iran.
Heike, for 3.5 years continuous on the road. I asked Heike about her comfort zone, how likely is this after so many years non-stop on the road?
Koen, has cycled through 35 countries and is currently on a grand tour. I asked Koen about fear. Because leaving a job and a house behind is not without fears I imagine.
Gerry, cycle touring since her 18th with a turtle-symbol around her neck. I talk with her about slow cycling.
Annechien, has backpacked before she tasted the life on a bicycle. I asked her about the meaning of cycling, and life in general. It has become a spiritual view.
Rita, is traveling a lot, through almost all countries on earth, and with public transport. It is about the superior feelings of a cyclist over those who travel by public transport.
Jeffrey, a Dutch guy on a motorbike who I met at the border with Chile and Argentina. His extensive travels made him write two books. I ask him about what adventure means to him.