Hi everyone. Â Before I get into yesterday’s ride, I’d to mention/remind you all that Biking in Memphis is on twitter. Â You can follow me on @bikinginmemphis. Â And I’ve started using my twitter iPhone app more lately, so there will be tasty tweets for you to read. Â My feed is already connected to my Facebook page.
Anyway, yesterday I had to go downtown for an important dinner with the Shelby County legislative delegation. Â The twenty-plus members of the state House and Senate from Shelby County have been very supportive of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Memphis, and since I am going to be taking over as Director of said Center, it was incumbent that I meet the delegation.
I debated whether or not to bike downtown. Â The dinner started at 4:00 PM, so traffic wasn’t an issue, but I needed to wear my suit and look sharp, and I was concerned about being rumpled, given that I wouldn’t be able to change clothes once I arrived. Â Plus, I wanted to be sure I had plenty of time to get there, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to leave on time. Â And, I haven’t biked in several weeks, and given that I blew out my knee last year under similar circumstances, I did not want to risk another injury. Â But eventually I sucked it up, geared up, and headed out around 2:50 PM, in plenty of time to bike downtown.
I arrived at the Majestic Grille, the site of the dinner, around 3:20 PM after a very leisurely ride downtown. Â The weather was sunny and cool, so I barely broke a sweat and was looking quite dapper when I arrived. Â Here’s a picture of my freshly-shaved self just before I left.
Admit it – I clean up good.
The dinner was quite a lot of fun. Â The President of U of M, Dr. Shirley Raines, was there, and I was introduced to her as the new Center Director. Â There was probably around 15-20 of the delegation there, plus some other important people, so it was fun to be able to flex my schmoozing skills. Â And, I got invited to speak at an urban issues summit this weekend by State Representative G. A. Hardaway. Â I’ll bike to that for sure.
The dinner ended just before 7:00 PM, and after a few wardrobe changes, I headed home. Â Unfortunately, I forgot to tell my biking app, MotionX GPS, that I was heading home, so I only captured some of my ride home. Â Regardless, here the map of my ride.
The northern leg was my ride west to downtown. Â You can see where I remembered to reactivate MotionX GPS, just where that little spur sticks up from Linden. Â Here’s a clickable link for your enjoyment.
Tonight I’m biking to the FedEx Forum to help with a training session for some of the Grizzlies Team Mentors. Â The mentors, in groups of three, meet weekly with local kids and teach them important life lessons. Â My colleague, the current Center Director, and I are going to teach them a few financial literacy lessons. Â Then it’s off to Boscos for my weekly beer and social time. Â Come by if you like.
This weekend promises to be nice weather, so I hope to log some miles on my bike. Â If I do, you can bet that you’ll read about it here.
Oh, and don’t forget: Cycle Memphis January is this weekend! Â I hope to be able to ride, but it depends on some other stuff.