|My brand new coral Townie|
|Map of first bike ride route|
|My beautiful new bike|
|Graffiti on the bridge|
|My beautiful coral Townie|
From there i biked to my cousin Jeffrey's old neighborhood, past his old childhood home, and the creek where we used to play.
|East Balfour, Jeffrey's old street|
|Sun starting to set|
|The end of the street, where I turned around and went back|
I smiled the whole way til this point, but the ride home was not as comfortable because the breeze went away and it was so hot and muggy that sweat was pouring down my face, my body, and even my hands were wet. I had to keep stopping to dry my hands because they were slipping off the handle bars. The seat was making itself known as well, lol, and i must have been gripping the handle bars too tightly because my left hand kept getting pins and needles, and needed to be shaken out.
I did almost 4 miles (6.02 km) and I loved it but perhaps that was too much for the first time out, especially given the heat.
The bike though, rode like a dream, and I wasn't scared every time I had to stop like I was on the bike my uncle gave us. The Townie is a crank forward bike, which means the pedals are set forward and not directly under the seat, which allows the seat to be low enough to touch the pavement with my feet while seated, but still leaves enough room to extend the legs for pedaling. It reminded me of riding my banana seat bike, when I used to sit far back on the seat and lean against the sissy bar (I leaned against my basket on my Townie, lol). I haven't experienced such a nice bike ride since I was a kid. It was such an enjoyable experience. If it wasn't midnight right now, I'd take it out again.
I am so grateful to my best friend, Laurie, for giving me the money to buy this bike. She said she has owed me the money for years now, and was happy to basically buy the bike for me. I don't even remember loaning her the money.
This bike is the best thing that has happened to me for a very long time. I love it so much. I can't wait to take it out again. I burned 576 calories in 75 minutes today, according to the tracker on Sparkpeople! And i had a blast doing it!