Long-distance cycling frees up a lot of thinking time. Sometimes I completely empty my mind and focus on the surroundings - birdsong, the scents of nature, feeling the changes of air temperature as I ride up hills, through dips in the landscape, wooded areas and along open roads.
Plenty of people ski The Alps. Some, with more grit, hike the rocky terrane. I've done both, across Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, but not Slovenia, Liechtenstein or Germany, where the ranges stretch across Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu.