As I was driving home one late afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I was bemoaning the fact that my favorite two tv shows were soon coming to an end (Dancing With the Stars & American Idol), and for the next three months the evenings would be very long and occasionally boring.
My two goals lately have been to 1) learn more about photoshop and hdr and 2)sew. The photoshop/hdr thing is coming along nicely, but I'm still looking for a market for the tote bags. I call them "Funky Totes". If you're interested, contact me.
Anyway, while thinking about my tv shows ending, I knew I could probably spend more time at the computer and the sewing machine. Well, yes, I could do that. But that would mean hours and hours sitting--buring a miniscule number of calories--and being indoors on beautiful summer evenings.
And then I had an epiphany! It was brilliant. I would get a bike and go biking after dinner. Oh, yeah! When I arrived home I quickly emailed a friend of mine who belongs to a biking club to ask her for a recommendation for a good bike shop. She gave me the names of several places I could try.
The first chance I had to go shopping was on Memorial Day when I was heading down to the mall. I decided to stop at the bike shop closest to me, but naturally, it was closed because of the holiday. So I resigned myself to having to wait another week to even begin my bike shopping.
I got to the mall and detoured through LL Bean but while going through the store I discovered they THEY sell bikes. Eureka. So even though I was just on a fact-finding mission, I left the store owning my new wheels. It reminded me of times when I just wanted to "see" a baby kitten or puppy--I left with one of them too. But I digress.
Today was the first day I had the chance to use the bike. The bike path is just a few miles from my house. When I finished riding I decided to see how far I went, so I drove the car on the road (which runs completely parallel to the bike path) and discovered that I had gone 13 miles. For those of you who might be hard-core bikers, that's laughable, but for me, who hasn't been on a bike in about 20 years, I thought it was pretty good.
So here you see my New Wheels.