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Pedaling around town together

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I wanted to do some riding last night, and Sarah had been reading some children’s books about cycling and said she felt like going for a ride, too. I was happy that she said that because we’ve only ridden together a few times, and I always enjoy it (despite her insistence that it must be terrible since she’s slow and I can go fast). I can ride fast, but that doesn’t mean I always want to. I had also been looking for a good opportunity to ride my “new” 1960s Sears bike.

So, after I rode home from work and we took my mountain bike into the shop, we went back home and got ready to ride. I wanted to look for an Iron & Wine CD, The Creek Drank the Cradle, and wanted to see if Tracks, a record store downtown, had it. We also planned to go to Moe’s for dinner.

It was a fun ride at a fairly leisurely pace. Sarah did very well, better than the last time we rode. She gets a little daunted by hills sometimes, but then again, so do I. And climbing is something that gets easier with practice.

Sarah zooming down 7th Street

We had to take a bit of a detour because of some construction, but this let us go through a pretty part of campus with a creek and some bridges.

Sarah on campus


The old bike by the creek

I noticed the grips on that old bike were sort of disintegrating in my hands as we rode. I will need to replace them. We arrived at the record shop, locked our bikes, and wandered around in there for a few minutes. I found what I was looking for and another CD I wanted, and we headed back. Dinner was good, too. I think food tastes better when it’s a stop on a bike ride.

It was really fun riding around town together, and it even made running errands fun (if you can call buying CDs and eating dinner “errands”). We didn’t end up going to the grocery store, which we needed to do, but we can do that tonight. As I told Sarah later last night: I had really fun!

4 Responses to “Pedaling around town together”

  1. furiousball Says:

    you know, i’m looking forward to being forced to run errands on my bike this summer. i WILL get a helmet too.

  2. Apertome Says:

    You better get one of those ribcage-covering helmets …

  3. Marty Says:

    Running errands on the bike sounds great, actually. You get a nice ride in AND you get stuff done. I remember doing that OLD SKOOL when I was younger – i.e. before I could drive, and I remember it fondly, As soon as I have 3 seconds to string together, I’m going to have to get my bike in and tuned up. No, really.

    So, how is that Iron and Wine disc?

  4. Apertome Says:

    The Iron & Wine album is really good. This is the first I’ve listened to them/him, so I thought I should probably start with the first album. The songs have a real simplistic beauty to them, without being boring. The touches of banjo that come in occasionally are awesome. All of that, combined with the lofi feel of this album makes it feel timeless.

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