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"I've wondered why it took us so long to catch on. We saw it and yet we didn't see it. Or rather we were trained not to see it. Conned, perhaps, into thinking that the real action was metropolitan and all this was just boring hinterland. It was a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling." -Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


With my new brakes installed and working properly aside from the now-undersized master cylinder I decided to go for a scenic fun drive. But as the existence of random chance would have it I began re-reading Pirsing's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance over coffee this morning before the drive. The passage above is on page five and Pirsig is describing the beauty of back roads, albeit in the American plains.

Knowing that there are people that appreciate a good road is a very nice feeling. I don't care if these people are in cars or on motorcycles, knowing that one of man's great accomplishments is enjoyed rather than utilized makes me smile.