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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Today I learned to ride a bike


As a kid, I never learned to ride a bike. I never even tried. My parents didn't ride and I grew up in the country (think gravel roads and cows fields) so my friends didn't ride bikes either.

And I never missed it until I moved to Portland. LOTS of people in Portland ride bikes. There are bike lanes on most roads. People here ride bikes for fun, for sport and to get to work. For the two years I've lived in Portland I could feel my fellow citizens urging me to join them.

Today, I joined their ranks.

The bike salesman was very kind. He didn't scoff or laugh at me. He just calmly helped me pick out my first bike. I have a Townie Electra. In pink. (I have reclaimed pink. I adore it.)

And after one hour, I was balancing and pedaling and coasting. I was biking.

Of course Karen's help was essential. She ran around in circles helping me balance and giving me starter pushes and encouraging me every step of the way.

There is a great line in one of my favorite movies- The Village: "He had a laugh that could be heard three houses away". I have a laugh like that. A loud and very tickled laugh. Today as I learned to ride a bike, I laughed so much that my sides hurt. My face was beaming for the rest of the night and I keep saying to myself, "I'm 35 years old and I've just learned to ride my bike... my pink bike!"

I can't wait to get out and try again tomorrow!

3 Comments:

At 8:27 AM, Blogger wenders said...

Yay! Another Wendy! AND a Wendy who rides a pink bike. That is so cool.

I'd almost copy you and get one, but I think driving in Boston is scary enough, much less zipping around on a bike.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

I am so proud of you!!! That is amazing to conquer something like that; it sounds like you weren't even scared. I'm a big scaredy cat. :) I can't wait to see your cool pink bike. Have you named "her" yet?
Love, H

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger revrose said...

Congrats on learning to ride. Yea you!

 

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