It’s been a minute or two since I wrote about my day’s biking. Â It’s not that I haven’t been biking; in fact, I’ve logged almost 950 miles this year, having crossed the 900 mile-threshold earlier this week. Â I’ve just been so busy that writing about each day’s ride is a luxury I cannot often afford.
But today I can. Â I began my day by downing several cans of some iced coffee beverage or other, having slept later than planned. Â You see, I had scheduled a bike ride with a friend for 8:00 this morning, the beginning of which was compassionately delayed until 9:00. Â (Hi Stacy!) Â Ordinarily I would have made a proper pot, er, press, of coffee at home had I not overslept, but no matter. Â I was sufficiently caffeinated to begin my day. Â So I biked east on Southern Avenue to meet my cycling pal. Â After rendezvousing near campus, we set off on the Greenline.
The morning was warm and humid – this is a Memphis summer after all – but not too unbearable. Â We biked to Shelby Farms on the Greenline, which was quite busy with cyclists, runners, and walkers, despite the day and time. Â After resting for a moment at Penal Farm Lake Number Three (!) we headed back to our point of origin and, after a few pleasantries, separated.
I then biked home and spent the rest of the morning relaxing and sweating. Â It seems these days thatÂ there is no amount of water I can drink and feel my thirst quenched. Â Admittedly I have been spending an enormous amount of time in the mid-day sun and heat, the effects of which are hard to shake off. Â After an hour or so of respite, and a much needed shower, I headed off to Local Gastropub to watch the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team face off against Japan in the World Cup. Â If you’ve been following the news, you know how the match ended. Â We lost. Â But our team played really well, and I was happy to see how much chatter the game generated on facebook. Â It was good to see Americans getting excited about soccer.
By then it was getting near 5:00 PM, so I once again mounted my trusty bike and headed home. Â After changing clothes, I settled down into my evening of reading, eating dinner, and writing.
Here’s a map of today’s ride.
And a clickable link if you are interested.
I must share one story from this morning’s ride before I sign off. Â Stacy and I were almost to Shelby Farms and were approaching the intersection of the Greenline and Mullins Station Road. Â We were slowing to a stop as we approached the stop sign on the Greenline. Â To our left, a vehicle heading south on Mullins Station had stopped at the intersection, presumably to let us proceed unimpeded. Â Just as we were beginning our final approach to the intersection, the driver of an SUV approaching from the south honked his horn at us. Â We stopped in time to see the driver dramatically point at the stop sign we had just passed, as if to admonish us for … biking? Â Not driving? Â Not screeching to a halt at this first sign of his shiny wagon? Â All we could do in response was look in open-mouthed wonder at our new friend. Â Apparently some cyclists had offended him to the point that he felt the need to correct us for their past misdeeds. Â OK, fine. Â Thanks for the feedback.
Altogether though it was a good day to be biking in Memphis. Â My schedule permitting, I hope to write a few more blog entries about my cycling adventures of late. Â Until then, thanks for reading.