Hi everyone. Â I’ve been a bit slack in my writing in the past couple of weeks, but with good reason. Â Fall semester began just under two weeks ago and, no matter how much preparation I do, there’s always 1,000,000 tasks that need to be completed in the first days of the term. Â That, plus being taken out of commission for a few days due to some weird, random abdominal pains, I haven’t felt like writing much. Â This means that I have an ever-growing backlog of daily rides, articles, and special events to write about. Â (It’s good to know that I’ll never run out of fodder for posts.) Â So I’ll knock out a couple of them right now.
Last night was the third Cycle Memphis group ride. Â Last month’s event was ridiculously fun, so I arrived at the gazebo at the intersection of Cooper and Young with high expectations for this month’s ride. Â I’ve learned to accept that group bike rides will often start a minute or two later than advertised; this just means more time for socializing. Â Once the ride began we set off from Cooper-Young and headed down Young Avenue to Barksdale. Â We then biked north to … well, just check out the map.
And here’s a clickable link.
So basically, we biked through Midtown to the north end of downtown, then down 2nd Street to Court Square Park. Â There we rested for moment, took a group picture or two, then headed south again on 2nd Street. Â I loved biking past the throngs of people in downtown – hell, I just loved seeing throngs of people in downtown – and waving to them. Â It was really great to see the stares and hear the comments from bystanders.
The best part of the ride? Â Hands down it was biking on Riverside Drive. Â Honestly, I was a little nervous about it at first. Â When traffic is heavy on that road there’s not much room to move if things get heavy. Â But coming down the bluff and seeing the river and the bridges come into view … it was really amazing. Â The fact that Kanye West was playing on the mobile sound system only added to the awesomeness.
After a stop or two to fix a flat tire we headed back to Cooper-Young. Â Quite a few people dropped off the ride before the end; the crowd at the gazebo was a bit smaller than last time. And sadly there was no spontaneous dance party. Â But that’s OK. Â There’s always next time.
Other coolness from the ride: I finally met Ty from Living Loud in Midtown! Â I was waiting at the intersection of Linden and Cleveland for cyclists to pass when another rider stopped with me. Â We continued on and chatted and, lo and behold, it was Ty. Â He recognized me from my blog. Â It was really cool meeting a fellow cyclist and blogger. Â Ty: let’s have a beer soon, and thanks for the shout-out.
I arrived home from the ride and promptly went to bed. Â (OK fine … I actually sat outside and read for a bit while swatting away mosquitos. Â I think I crashed around 2:00 AM.) Â But today began sometime this morning, and so I decided to run a few errands on the bike.
Errand #1: take a huge pile of mixed-paper recyclables to the recycling bins at First Congo. Â The reason: the pile of magazines on and under our coffee table was getting a little ridiculous. Â So I decided to load those magazines into my panniers and dump them. Â My best guess is that each pannier weighed about 30 pounds fully loaded. Â That made my bike ride to the recycling center quite fun. Â Here’s a few pictures.
Yep, that’s a lotta paper.
Close-up of pannier #1. Â Quite a load, right?
Feed me, Seymour!
And a little more for my messenger bag.
Ahhhh … much better.
Next I headed to the Easy Way on Cooper for a few veggies. Â Here’s the scene.
Nice parking job, if I do say so myself. Â Unfortunately, Easy Way doesn’t open until noon on Sunday, so I had to wait for about an hour to complete my shopping. Â Hello, Otherlands!
Here’s a map of my ride today.
Nice and boring, just like I like it.
Memphis, I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Â Look for more stories about biking in Memphis soon. Â Good night.