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  1. #1
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    "meet the parent" ride

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    After 4 days of lovely weather and not riding, I knew I had to ride today. My son and his gf were eating lunch with her mother who is in town for the week. Today was my chance to meet her. And i had no other plans that would make it hard to fit in a bike ride.

    SO I rode from my house on Beacon Hill to the restaurant on Queen Anne Hill. As I rode across town, I thought a lot about the rides I used to do with my husband. I even could hear him telling me what to do, turn here... and i did. I turned onto King street instead of Jackson.. which was silly because it doesn't go where I wanted. So I turned around and took the sidewalk.. and as I did, I found a brand new 10 dollar bill!

    i continued across town, debating with myself whether or not I should take a bus up Queen Anne or walk... (19% grade, I can't ride it)
    Yes, Walking won. ANd at its steepest I feared losing my footing and slipping back down the hill. But I made it!
    I got to Starbucks where i got my breathing under control and then met my son and his GF and her mom for lunch. we had a pleasant visit, found out the mom teaches people how to drive muscle cars!!

    Since i didn't want to ride back down that hill, i asked "the kids" for advice and ended up on a back street that was not so steep and dropped me onto the new bike and foot bridge that takes you to the waterfront.

    Next I stopped at Elliott Bay Bikes where they adjusted my fender which was rubbing.

    I headed south for home, going back up the hills. 3 miles out it began to rain. Since i was already warm, I just kept going.

    21 miles!
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  2. #2
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    Sounds like a really fun day.
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  3. #3
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    That is awesome Mimi! I bet Donald was laughing from above about the $10 windfall for going on the wrong street.
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


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  4. #4
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    That sounds like a fun day, Mimi.
    Those hills in Seattle are amazing.
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  5. #5
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    I used to live at the top of Queen Anne hill. It's a rare feat to be able to bike all the way up! Glad you had a good ride!
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  6. #6
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    "meet the parent" ride

    Good story! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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  7. #7
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    21 miles and $10 !
    Wow!
    Each day is a gift, that's why it is called the present.

  8. #8
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    Great job! Have a few of my own hills to conquer.

    Rosanna
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  9. #9
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    Wonderful day adventure Mimi!

  10. #10
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    do people not post here any more about their bike adventures???
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  11. #11
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    I don't ride much anymore.

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  12. #12
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    Sounds like a great day, Mimi!

    I will post about my adventures when and if I have any. I need to get some wheels first. I've got my eyes on a Pashley, then I need to decide on a chariot for the little one.
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  13. #13
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    I don't think I have had an adventure lately. I smiled at the $10, Donald was definitely with you!
    Amanda

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  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by malkin View Post
    21 miles and $10 !
    Wow!
    This!

    My injury is finally healing and I'm hoping to have some bike adventures to post about soon!
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  15. #15
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    That's cool you got to meet her mom.
    I haven't had any interesting rides lately because when it's cold I only commute. It's starting to get really nice so I should get in some longer rides maybe even this weekend.
    2009 Trek 7.2FX WSD, brooks Champion Flyer S, commuter bike

 

 

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