The reactions of non-adventurers to adventurers never seems to change, as these cycle tourists in Algeria discover...
The mountains and plains were wrapped in a deep blue or purple light, which never varied, but was just as entrancingly beautiful at high noon as in the early morning. After the lapse of months, memory still recalls vividly the intense blues and purples on those and on succeeding days, bathing landscapes, sometimes barren and desert, with a glory which, without this divine lighting, would not have been theirs. […]
The woman looked pityingly at us as we prepared to leave, saying, –
'Are you going up there?'
'Yes,' we answered cheerfully, as we glanced towards the splendid road winding upward into the barren hills. 'It is up hill and lonely, but we do not mind that.'
Fanny Bullock Workman & William Hunter Workman
Algiers - Constantine, pre-1895
Source: Fanny Bullock Workman & William Hunter Workman, Algerian Memories: A Bicycle Tour over the Atlas to the Sahara, London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895