I highly recommend listening to this song as you read this post, which has become my theme song for life. At least for the moment.
Last week I took myself on a date to Seattle with one goal in mind: buy a bike.
As you can see from the above photo I was successful in this endeavor, but before I get to that I want to relive my Seattle adventure.
Despite my many trips to the city, I can never take just one photo upon arrival.
I may be bias, or just sheltered, but this is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen. If anyone wants to take me to Europe and change my perspective that’d be great.
I had the entire day to myself so I wandered, wandered, and wandered some more.
My first stop in Seattle is almost always the same, a trip to Pike Place Market for good coffee, fruit, treats, and entertainment.
After I got my caffeine and sugar fix I headed to REI. On my way there I saw many signs I was doing the right thing. Not that I needed any convincing.
I’m not an impulsive person, and most of the time I miss out on things because I am too afraid of making the “wrong choice” or because I don’t know enough about things.
I’ve been planning to buy bike for years now, but wanted to do some research first. After no effort on my part to do so, I decided to buy a bike based on feel.
Complete and utter impulsiveness. I regret nothing.
A 15 minute test ride, 30 minutes of paperwork, and nearly 2 paychecks later I rode away on my brand new bike. The color was not at all what I planned on, but I love it.
I made this purchase based on the feel of the bike, and partly on the brand name. Cannondale makes great bikes, this much I knew.
My ride back to the ferry was a bit scary as it was getting dark and I didn’t feel comfortable riding in the road like all the other bikers. Total newbie over here trying to maneuver around walkers on the sidewalk.
I had to ride my bike onto the ferry (back to my car) among a sea of commuters. I pretended I knew what I was doing, but really I didn’t.
At least I wasn’t the only one wearing sandals.
A successful trip to the city, and I now have a new mode of transportation.
Now all I need to do is get my butt used to the seat, and figure out a better way to pack this into my car. For now, I’m content riding around my area.
I also need a bike lock, a basket for my
cat groceries, and strobe lights.
Q: Do you have a bike?