Welcome to my blog

If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.


Take care!
Kat

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Beautiful New Townie Electra Bike

My brand new coral Townie
 My new bike finally arrived at the bike store today!  I went to pick it up and had to leave it in the truck for a few hours because it was so hot and humid, with an extreme heat warning.  But just before 8, when the heat had lowered to 95 degrees (from 100 with the humidex), I couldn't wait any longer. I took my ventolin, grabbed my keys, camera, and an ice cold bottle of water, and pulled my new bike out of the truck.  I put my little blue bike purse on the handle bars, facing me so I could easily take my camera, puffer, and water out, and away we (the bike and I) went.
Map of first bike ride route

 I started just by going up my street, then turned around and went the other way down the street, and over to Connaught, which is a long quiet neighbourhood street.

 The apartments at the end of Connaught freaked me out because I recently dreamed about them.  I haven't been to the end of this street since I was a little girl, so I either forgot this building existed or it's never and I never knew; not sure, but i was shocked to see it.  Even the weird pavement on the street was the same as my dream.  The only difference was, in the dream, there was a river or lake next to the building, instead of this field. 
 I walked my bike across the path because I was worried about falling. It was my fist time out.  This is the only portion that I walked.
My beautiful new bike

Graffiti on the bridge


My beautiful coral Townie

More graffiti



 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
 I passed this school, where Jeff and I, and later Laurie, Maria, and I, used to walk in and do arts and crafts and play in the gym in summers when we were kids.  I don't know what kind of program it was, but they welcomed kids off the street. It was amazing.  The sun was starting to set at this point, but I decided to keep going, as it doesn't get dark until 10 PM at this time of year.

Beautiful clouds
 I really enjoyed biking in this area. It is so cute and quaint, and like being in the country, even though it's city.  I've always wanted to live in that neighbourhood.
The end of the street, where I turned around and went back
I would have liked to have gone farther but I knew I had to get home before dark as I don't have lights on my bike, or reflectors even, yet.  I have them; just didn't put them on the bike yet.  So I turned around at this point and headed toward home.

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!


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