Monday, June 27, 2011

Okay, I'm Sore

It's the classic story.  Boy meets girl.  Boy marries girl.  Boy and girl buy matching schwinn bikes.  Girl eventually gives girl's daughter the girl's schwinn bike.  Girl's daughter rides it for awhile and then it sits in girl's daughter's garage for years.  Girl's daughter decides to give girl's daughter's daughter the schwinn.

Did you follow that story?  If not, here's the short version.  For years my mom had my grandmother's 1970-something schwinn bike (she and my grandfather had matching ones) and she hasn't been riding it lately.  I don't have a bike, but don't have it in my budget to buy one right now so my dad brought me my mom's or me to ride.  While I was at work this morning they went out to buy me new tubes so I would be all set to ride today.

We drove over to the East Bay Bike Path, which was highly recommended from church members.

Here I was about five minutes before we set out ...

... 10 minutes later my dad was walking my poor bike back to the car.  The gears don't shift.  I think it has something to do with a metal part.  I wasn't really paying attention.

Of course we didn't let a broken bike get in the way of our ride.  Bruce drove home to pick up his other bike, my dad lowered the seat on the bike that Bruce had originally brought to ride so that I could ride it, we rode around a little bit, reconnected with Bruce when he got back with his other bike and (an hour later) headed out on the path.


The ride was GORGEOUS!  It's a rail trail, so it is relatively flat and there is a pretty good balance between sunny and shade.

The fun part about this trail is that there are little shops along the way.  We stopped about six miles in for frozen lemonade!

I love having my dad here! Do you think he'll stay here all summer while he's on vacation?!

(Yes, I'm so cool I wear my helmet when I'm not even on the bike.  Don't you wish you were like me?)

All in all, we road 15.03 miles.  It was a great way to re-integrate myself back into biking without killing my legs.  Although, I have to say - I'm not moving as quickly as I usually do!  I'm walkin' like a cowboy!

We came home, showered quick and headed out to dinner.  My dad asked if there was a Chili's or an Applebee's nearby so we went to Chili's.

We were SO HUNGRY by the time we got there!  We started with chips and salsa.

And I ordered the Quesadilla Explosion Salad.  Delicious!

My dad snapped this picture.  Hysterical.

I had so much fun at book club tonight, but I'm exhausted!  We're winding down with some TV and heading to bed soon.



  1. LOVE the bike story! Looks like a wonderful family day.

    Winks & Smiles,

  2. Mike and I just got my grandparent's bikes! They are $600 bikes! Have to check out the tires and stuff but I'm excited to have bikes again. Only problem is that they are two hours away and we aren't sure how we are going to get them back here. Hoping we can work that out this weekend!

  3. That salad at Chili's is awesome!

    I"m determined to get myself a bike eventually. But right now, even bike riding is out of the question - it's supposed to be 114 today! The low last night was 84.... 10 months out of the year the weather is great for outdoor stuff. July/August, it gets a little rough!


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