Cycling Chic

I took Angus, my bicycle on a massive 8.5km ride today. Ok it’s not that massive but for a relatively unfit, chubby woman it felt massive.

I stopped for lunch at around 1 for over an hour and I walked through town. I ran into so many friends who were  keen to jump on Angus and have a quick ride. He was very obliging. It was really lovely.

I’ll be biking around a lot more often now that I’m feeling more confident! And I’ll be pimping my ride, so to speak. I’ll need a basket in front and a rack and some fenders. It was such a leisurely thing to do.

I even rode on the ROAD! Only in dedicated bike lanes however. What a feeling?!

One thing I will say is that you have a lot better perspective on a bike than you do in  a car or even walking, especially on the road. Inclines that I had never noticed before, were huge mountains to climb over. I’ll admit to jumping off and walking occassionally, generally because my knee felt like it was about to give.

I was able to see the city from a whole new angle. The above photo doesn’t demonstrate just how striking the view was here. I could even see that the tide was out on our river. That’s how detailed it was.

And we finally made it home after a big adventure.

Here’s the route I took. Screen shot from map my ride:

Thanks for…

Last Monday I was asked to share a prayer during morning briefing for our staff. I shared with them this:

  Leah Dieterich’s website thx thx thx shares with it’s readership a thank you note a day to different things.

It occurred to me last Monday morning that I spend a good proportion of my life whinging. Surely I could benefit from being more grateful, like Leah. Surely my life would be more fulfilled if I simply searched for the good in it, instead of focussing on the bad.

This of course I promptly forgot the minute my day actually began.

But gratitude has been a bit of a theme lately in my world. It’s sort of showed its face in many a different place. Most recently today, while I was reading Yen magazine in the library.

So here are the things that I am thankful for today:

Dear Adele,

Thank you for singing lovely songs that I can sing along to in my car.

Love, Judy-May.

Dear Baristas at my local coffee haunt,

Thank you for drawing cool pictures on the lid of my drink. They make going to work a lot easier. Also thanks for filling up my thermos with lovely, yummy chai goodness for my excursion today. It was nice to have that as a comfort.

See you in the morning, Judy-May.

Dear Angus, my Electra Cruiser Bicycle,

Thank you for being so cool. It was a great ride today, I can’t wait for Friday’s. Damn rain.

Until then, Judy-May.

I’m also including some pictures I took today on my excursion using the camera+ app on my iPhone.

my shoes

park lands

fenced in

winter flowers

little daisies

Bicycle Glory

A lot of my life is spent wishing I was doing something different. For example, instead of sitting reading about Emma and Mr Knightley, I wish I was out being Emma (not Mr Knightley) or instead of watching The Last Airbender, I wish I was bending. So when something as doable as riding a bike came along I found that I had to participate.

I was inspired by the blogs of Dottie and Kara, fashionable cycling blogs that show women and men dressed in regular clothes getting about on two wheels. So I have joined their ranks.

Electra Cruiser

I bought myself a new bike, an Electra Cruiser from Geard’s where Joe and Peter helped me out. I did a lot of homework before I went in and I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted. But I went home and thought some more before shelling out for a brand new bike. And I love her.

Here she is!

She has swooping handlebars and a wide seat for extra comfort on my derrière. I’m still not fit enough for an all out ride but the little I have done so far have been blissful. Oh I’m in love. Now I’ll need to name her. Feel free to add any suggestions in the comment section below.