I am not a big fan of exercise. I don’t like sweating. I enjoy riding, but I really do it for a purpose – to get from here to there and back again. And while I’m being honest, I’ll tell you that the Bakfiets has intimidated me a bit – I’m in a great groove when it comes to my normal routine. I ride it to the places that are in my neighborhood, in about a 1.5 mile radius, and I have ridden it downtown (also about 1.5-2 miles). I know I can ride it farther, but I end up being worried about some of the larger hills that are between me and potential destinations. That bike is not made for riding on hills. At all. And since it is much heavier than my other bike, I have been slowly building up my stamina and my ability to climb moderate hills. I also had the epiphany that it is okay to just walk up a hill if I have to in order to preserve energy for the ride overall. It’s not a failure to walk on occasion. (duh, Sarah)
So! Last week the girls and I went on a longer adventure that gave me some confidence in my ability to get around town. We had to pick something up in the Mississippi district, which is about 3.5 miles away. We had so much fun – the ride was through Lloyd Center, which has a few divided lanes (love those) and then up Williams, which is one of the main bike boulevards in town. We rode up a long slow uphill (with no walking) and then made our way west to Mississippi Ave. We ate lunch, did a bit of shopping, ate ice cream, picked up our package, and then went back over to Williams to visit our favorite little toy store. Then we rode home, navigating rush hour traffic without much trouble. It was so exciting!
All of a sudden I feel empowered to ride everywhere that I’ve been avoiding, and that I do need to go sometimes. Yes, I may walk up a hill on occasion. Sometimes we’ll need to stop and have a snack along the way. And we’re never going to run errands or go to dinner or the splash park as fast as we could on a car. But that’s okay, because the getting there becomes half the fun. Even if I’m walking.
And since this post has been sitting in drafts waiting for photos, here’s a little peek of what we’ve been up to. I think this will be catch-up week here at going little. Financial recaps, getting ready for rainy weather, SE Parkways, and more.