Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Have a Divine Time! Try Mountain Biking! - by Patty Mooney

Do you have something in your life that you feel passionate about? Think of all the things you can do that cost nothing, that bring joy to your spirit. My husband, Mark, and I love to mountain bike the local trails, and have done so since 1986. This is a pasttime in which exercise is a by-product of having fun! If you like to mountain bike and live in San Diego, let's hook up! San Diego boasts some of the best trails in the world!

If you are interested in learning more about mountain biking, check out this trailer for our documentary "Full Cycle: A World Odyssey." In 1993, Mark Schulze and Patty Mooney, intrepid mountain-bike duo, set out on a mountain bike adventure around the world, a la "Endless Summer." They sought the best trails in nine countries, including the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Wales, Switzerland, Greece, Australia, Tahiti and India. Of course, the conclusion is that there is no place like home, but it sure is fun to check out the terrain on the other side of the fence.

This project which was one of the first "reality shows" ever produced, would be impossible to undertake in this day and age. For one thing, imagine carting 900 pounds of video and bicycling equipment along with both hot and cold weather gear through various airports, railroad stations, taxis and steep stairways. You'd have to arrive not one or two hours earlier at the airport for check-in, but days!

"Full Cycle: A World Odyssey" won over 13 international film festival awards and yet it has never been broadcast on television, as it went straight to home video release. This is a shame, as the cinematography is quite remarkable.

Take some time for yourself and get passionate with your time.