So, what did I do for my birthday this year?
I got a new bicycle!
That is, with a little support from family and friends, who all gave me gift cards to my favorite recreational store, and thanks to my friend, Myrian, who works for REI and shared with me a very nice Friends and Family discount. A heartfelt thanks to all of them for making my dream of riding again come true!
I suppose a little credit is due to my high school blog series, Lightning in a Jar. Because of all the posts I’ve written about my bike-riding days on Long Island, I got the bug to get on a bike again! But, alas, I figured those days were over, seeing how I’m no spring chicken anymore. And that’s a fact!
But then I was talking one day to my young blogger pal, Cappy, who wrote about her own bike-riding adventures, and frankly, she inspired me to get back on a bicycle. The way she put it to me, it’s never too late to rekindle a love for bike riding.
So maybe, just maybe, all the planets were aligned to help make it happen. Needless to say, because of all of the above, I am now the proud owner of an Electra Townie 7-speed, fantabulously and extraordinarily, orange bike! With a matching polka-dotted helmet and bell, to boot!
So, what’s a girl with a new bike, a new helmet, and a new basket to do?
Why, go bike riding, of course!
Which is why, this weekend, fellow enthusiast and great friend, Val, and I went for an excursion around Fiesta Island on Mission Bay. We rode for at least eight miles in blazing hot heat, with temps in the high 80s. Fahrenheit, that is. But what fun it was. Afterwards, we naturally had to reward ourselves with drinks at a nearby hotel. Which made us a bit too tipsy to drive and so we got back on our bikes and rode some more! Check out the photos below!
I wanted to keep riding, but Val said she had a hunch we shouldn’t go any further, and once she has a hunch, there’s no talking her out of it. Sigh. So, she took this picture instead.
We then parked our bikes and strolled into a nearby hotel for drinks the terrace. Don’t our bikes look lovely together? It took us a while to figure out the new bike lock. Anyway, I think my orange bike and Val’s pink one look pretty cool amid the tropical flora.
Val and I downed our drinks in record time while the unrelenting sun beat down on us. Then she had to make a phone call though I don’t know to whom. Afterwards, we were very tempted to sneak into the hotel pool which looked rather refreshing and inviting, but not being hotel guests and not having bathing suits on us, we refrained. Oh, well, maybe next time. 😉
So, when’s the last time you got on a bike? While you’re trying to remember, I’ll leave you with the best bicycle song ever: