I'm in a conflict with myself in terms of what kind of transportation I want to use in my novel I'm working on. I originally wanted the only transportation to be on horseback, but I was having trouble writing the story's setting the way I visioned it. I'm rewriting to see if I can come up with a better setting and I'm trying out some things I didn't include before: new industrialized buildings, motors, gunpowder starting to be used, trains, steamboats, and maybe some aircraft. I thought some sort of motorcycle or bike would fit this better than horses, but I still can't get that image out of my head of my character riding down a narrow path through a thick forest. I was thinking since most of the cities built tall, stone walls around them that the people inside of the cities prohibit going to the other side of the walls, in fear of danger and such, unless they are armed and have reason with the king. The roads in the "outside world" might have been left barren and unused for years, with grass growing through the cracks, giving the main character a reason to ride on horseback through the wilderness. Anyone have any other thoughts about this?