The world has become a much smaller place, we all know that. The fact that we are so tied to our tech is, on the one hand, pretty alarming. We've all had that sinking feeling of leaving the house and realizing we've forgotten our phone. Nine times out of ten, you end up going back for it. But this sort of conditioning is relatively new, having taken place over the last 15 years or so. Before that, it was, what, a... pager? Not me though, never had one of those, but I would occasionally turn around suspecting I'd left the house unlocked.
Our modern society has evolved to a point where we rely on our technology, in this case phones, to get us through our daily routines. In many respects it's become the lifeline to basically everything we do, from sealing corporate deals, ordering stuff, to drunk dialing your girlfriend and asking for her sister. Yes, this is the world most of us live in and the ability to contact to anyone, for better or worse (unless you really meant to talk to her sister), is literally right at our fingertips.
There are times though when it becomes necessary to just disconnect. And call me crazy, but in some strange way I'm drawn to the idea of being cut off; cut off meaning, self-reliant, where it's me versus... (insert problematic situation). Don't get me wrong, I'm not for the idea of getting hurt or breaking down in the middle of nowhere, (but with an ounce of prevention, blah, blah..) you get through it and it becomes a story that's remembered for a lifetime and told to all who'll listen.
Just look to the days of the old West. Back then you had a man (or woman), a horse and a destination. Once they set out, that was it. There was no phone a friend, no sag wagon, just knowledge, skill, a whole lot of luck and the willingness to play the odds and take on whatever fate threw at them.
Every now and again, I get the sense I'm playing out that same story line, weird I know; I set out on a journey, not on a horse (but a trusty steed nonetheless), riding out to face the unknown with the goal of returning to where I started from. Granted, I don't have to worry much about being jumped by bandits (I stay away from them thar parts), but there's always a chance of being waylaid by some unforeseen occurrence. I could be many miles from either car or home, resulting in having to remedy the situation right there on the spot. These types of events in my mind, build character.
So when I head out on a ride, sure I have my phone, but will resort to using it only in the most extreme circumstances because I don't want to tap out. Instead, I'll plow on through that defining moment and turn it into that against-the-world adventure where I didn't take the easy way and feel better about myself for it.