Travels with Mike Amera.
When it came to the weekend I found it great to leave the mundane trials and tribulations of work behind. As I pedalled towards the sunset not having to answer calls from clients or models, and being able to just switch off made for a very pleasant time.
Being a bit of a luddite when it comes to technology, taking a cell phone with me was never an option until I retired recently from the glamorous world of professional photography. With most phone boxes out of commision, phoning home in case of an emergency was difficult to do. Now I can be in the middle of a field ( looking for that perfect wildlife shot) able to phone a friend. On one such occasion I looked across the field and wondered why the cows had horns. Upon phoning my friend he told me it was because their bells didn't work. But I digress. Phones now have applications for commuting ( Komoot ) which show what route is best for your level of ability. Ask Jeeves and Google maps are helpful if you're looking for a rest stop ( my favourite being"The Gloamin" tearoom) or need an inner tube at short notice. The highly addictive games that can be downloaded ( Angry Birds) are a great way to pass the time until your travelling companion turns up ( late as ever Mr Ben Roamin ).
The large megapixel count on mobile phones means not having to carry expensive, and often cumbersome dedicated photography equipment to get that perfect shot. Something to show my good wife when I return from my Sunday jaunt. With the route app and my Liquid Crystal Display ebike dashboard I get the same information as a dedicated satellite navigation system ie Garmin Edge, with no additional monetary outlay ( other than the price of a phone mount for the handlebars ).