The local streets where I live have strange squiggles, arrows and other marks painted on the side of the road. I never noticed these markings until I began cycling and using cue sheets.
Cue sheets are turn-by-turn instructions for riders and they make it easy to follow a specific route and/or cycle a specific number of miles.
You can download cue sheets from bike clubs and other websites. Along with each cue sheet and ride description, you usually see an image of the accompanying marker: a yellow or white arrow, circle or squiggle of some sort. With your cue sheet and the road marker, you can follow the route.
As I was doing a training ride for my upcoming three-day ride for Muscular Dystrophy, I came to a juncture in the road — and was greeted with the sight of eight different ride markers, five of which you can see in the photo.
Each mark communicates its own message. The first white mark at the bottom of the photo is telling riders to stay straight. Ditto for the faded green arrow and the white arrow with two dots. At the top of the photo, the white circle and the yellow arrow (which I was following) are telling riders to turn left.
It’s really important you know which mark is “yours” and keep your eye out for them, otherwise, you end up following the wrong route or getting lost if you miss a turn (even with cue sheets this can happen because not all streets have signs or the cue sheet is wrong).
Seeing all these markers in one place reminded me yet again of why it’s so important, if you’re a freelancer or solopreneur, to have a vision for where you’re going.
Without a vision, it’s difficult to set milestones and measure your own success. Without a vision, it’s too easy to follow someone else’s vision — which can sometimes lead to less than desirable results.
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