Adventure, Photograph

Freedom Rolling

Freedom RollsThere is a freedom when the tires are rolling over dirt and the only sound you hear is the wind in your ears. ~M

If I can bicycle, I bicycle. ~David Attenborough

I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying. ~Greg LeMond

Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you’re working on. ~David Byrne

 If biking is your passion, set aside time to enjoy a good ride. ~Patrick Dempsey

What is your passion and what sets you free?


Art, Life, Writing

The Power of an Idea

“The wind in your ears blocks out all traces of doubt
and questions about the path you must now pedal.” 
Your soul is afire, you mind fully engaged, your body 
tinges with anticipation and fear of the unknown only 
adds to the certainty that this is your destiny and who 
you were created to be and the purpose for you life.

My prayer and hope is that each individual finds this 
path to follow for their life.  I believe if we all find and 
follow that idea and dream for which God purposed 
for us we will truly become alive in this life and that is 
what this world needs is people who have come alive.
(The above drawing depicts the speed and power generated by the human body 
as the background is blurred with the illusion of movement.  This was done using 
Conte pastel crayons with a photo shop border added and a black flood fill within 
the border, 8×6 inches on white paper, copyright 2010, Mark Schutter)
Adventure, God, Photograph

Time To Get Away

I come here to find myself, it is so easy to get lost in the world. ~Author Unknown

My Private Little Mountain Bike Heaven

Do you have place to get away?  To be alone?  

To find yourself by losing yourself?

“After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray ; and when it was evening, He was there alone.”
Matthew 14:23 NAS

Road Closed Ahead …

This picture was taken in the forests where I ride my mountain bike in the Pacific Northwest.

So often the real adventure lies beyond the ‘Road Closed Ahead’ sign; are you willing to go there, to venture into the unknown?

When have you gone beyond the sign and what adventures awaited you there?

Adventure, Art, God, Writing

Lance Armstrong – It is about so much more than the bike!

'maillot jaune'  Crayon & Ink Wash (digitally enhanced)  Original 8x10 inches  Maleko
Maillot Jaune‘              Crayon & Ink Wash (digitally enhanced) Original 8×10 inches ©Maleko

A fallen hero, a flawed human being or both?

We love to watch (worship?) those we admire but also love to see them fall because it reminds us that they are human.  Whether it be an athlete, a movie star, a politician, a religious leader it really does not matter.  I am saddened by this affair not for Lance he made his choices and he has to live with the consequences of those choices.  He is not above being judged and sentenced.

My heart breaks for those that were hurt by the choices of others throughout this entire affair.  We all must pay for our own misdeeds but so often we are hurt by others choices.  What about his kids, those who were closest to him that he seemingly callously tossed aside or rolled right over.  A dream that destroys others in the fulfillment of that dream is not a dream born of love and grace.

I understand the competition aspect, having competed in road and mountain bike races during my twenties.  There is an adrenaline rush that is hard to explain and becomes addictive in the moments of the challenge.  But everyday choices are made that either spread light or dark.  So often we spread darkness so our own light will shine a little brighter.  I know I have made those choices and I pray I have repented of everyone0203121318.

Maybe this will help us as human beings not to worship other fallen human beings.  There is only one who is perfect that deserves our worship.  This sad affair will pass in history and I pray some good comes out of it.  The black mark on this sport I love hopefully will fade.

I do know the simple joy of pedaling a bike and the freedom  that it gives to both young and old alike can never be taken away.  ~M