If you haven’t already heard of the Let’s Go Ride a Bike Summer Games, then you should definitely head over to Dottie and Trisha’s site to check them out. They’re a perfect incentive for picking up that bike you’ve been keeping in storage this winter and dusting it off for some fun rides around the neighborhood. Added bonus – there are prizes involved for those participating.
For my second entry to the LGRAB Summer Games event called “Social Cycling”, I took Trisha’s and Dottie’s advice and scheduled a bike date with my husband. What a perfect way to explore Munich together on his visit here. And since Trisha and Dottie said to dress up, here is what we wore (not exactly
‘dressy’ clothes, but just the regular street clothes we would have worn walking around town.) No special gear required…
- Sunglasses – loan from friend
- Yellow top – Sam & Max
- Skinnies – S. Oliver
- Flats – Palladium
- Scarf – souvenir from Duluth, MN
- Bag – old Etienne Aigner, hand me down
- Graphic tee – J.Crew
- Backpack – Jansport
- Jeans – Nautica
- Shoes – Aldo
- Sunglasses – souvenir from Costa Rica
T. and I are both enthusiastic cyclists although our styles are very different. While T. loves to go fast, I like to ride slow. For T., it’s all about getting from point A to B as quickly as possible, while I like to take my time and look around. T. loves to feel the rush of flying downhill on his bike, I tend to keep the brakes on and meander downhill at a much more hesitant pace. T.’s machine of choice is a fast and sleek road bike, I prefer a big lumbering cruiser. But despite our superficial differences in biking, we both agree on one thing: riding our bikes is fun.
When it comes to engaging in this activity together, we both make compromises and find that the result is awesome; I feel the thrill of going a little faster, T. slows down and enjoys the ride-as-process, and we both take pleasure in spending the day together doing something we both love.
On our bike date, we rode side-by-side for much of the time, chatting and taking in the sights on the wide bike path along the Isar river. We stopped and took pictures of each other, of fun things that caught our eye, and of other cyclists….
We shared a giant beer and Bretzen at the largest beer garden by the Chinese Tower in the English Garden, taking in the chit chat of other park dwellers and the sounds of live music…
We rested on the welcoming lawns of the English Garden and watched kids and adults enjoy ice cream from the (bike) ice cream vendor parked nearby. We people watched and dog watched and talked while lazying in the sun…
And then we picked up our bikes off the grass and peddled home, stopping only to pick up some food and treats for dinner. Um…. why don’t we do this more often? S.