In September of 2008, my brothers Tom and Jerry and my sister-in-law Cheryl joined Black Bear Adventures to ride their bicycles by such places as Looking Glass Rock, Graveyard Fields, and Devil's Courthouse. The organizers describe the experience as "Active Travel" which entails full immersion in the experience. "Your body, mind and soul will be completely involved while cycling along the incomparable beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The experiential nature of active travel compels you to get to know the area along with its unique culture and traditions like no other method. The inherent nature of traveling by bike at its slower pace allows you to hear the subtle sound of the song bird and the gentle fall of a running stream as you allow your internal noise to dissipate."