Saturday, August 27, 2005

Reflections of a Newlywed Bicyclist

Hubby and I are waiting to buy a car until we finish paying off my student loan. The sum is slowly getting whittled down paycheck-by-paycheck, but for now, we bike . . . a lot. Today we rode approximately 8 miles, mostly along a bike trail. First, we stopped at the library, where I checked out a couple of cross-stitching books. Then, it was off to Wal-Mart, where we purchased a new helmet for me. Although it's legal in our city to ride without a helmet (if you're over 16), several factors--including dozens of "close calls" involving drivers who were inconsiderate or just not paying attention, as well as the realization that I was practically the only bicyclist in our city who did not wear a helmet (peer pressure can sometimes be a good thing)--induced me to buy a helmet I would actually wear (my old one was falling apart and pulled my hair every time I took it off).

Then we went to the mall to search for a gray zip-up sweatshirt to replace my old one with a broken zipper. We saw one as we were coming down the escalator into the junior's department. We were in and out of the store in a matter of minutes . . . Hubby's (a.k.a. Mr. Efficiency) favorite way to shop. :-) Finally, we stopped at the store to pick up some groceries, and then we (and our bikes) rode a bus home.

I have come to enjoy biking. For now, it's a good way for us to get around, it's good exercise, and it's a good way to spend time with my sweetie. We are blessed to live in a bike-friendly city.

1 comment:

VishnuKamath said...

Dear Melissa,
I just posted two parts of 'Reflections of a bicyclist' on my blog and then did a blogsearch to look at my own site. You can imagine my surprise when the search threw up your blog sounding so much like mine! I thought I would leave you a message. Keep cycling and postpone the purchase of a car for as long as possible. Also look up my blog for my bicycling experiences. Have fun!
Vishnu Kamath, India