“I dance slowly with the people of the world, when I am cycling. On a bicycle, my spirit soars — I am.”
GAMBIER — Since starting as a graduate student in Indiana in 1981, Dr. Randy Cronk has ridden in over 80 different countries and has traversed the United States seven times. Cronk, a long-time professor of psychology at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, was already in good shape when he incorporated biking into his routine. He could have chosen any type of regimen to stay in shape, but seeing the world from the saddle of a bicycle had the most benefits from a spiritual, psychological and intellectual perspective.
“The stories are long and rich from 37 years of bicycling,” Cronk said. “It has been an incredible experience — seeing the world, smelling the world and tasting the world — in ways that you don’t get in a car.”
Cronk spoke to the News fresh from Cuba, where he logged mile number 200,000. He led some of his students on a biking trip through the Cuban countryside.
“It’s a bicycle paradise. There aren’t too many private automobiles and most of them are old,” Cronk said. “People are gentle with them. They don’t drive 60 miles per hour, over hills and around corners. They’re careful with them, so you’re not fighting traffic.”