My people. Â Several times last week I had planned to have a mini biking adventure, deviating from my normal there-and-back-again ride from home to campus to home, but the weather kept thwarting my attempts. Â Also, I had planned to actually do some writing last week, but my schedule and workload kept thwarting that as well. Â But finally, we have a week of really nice weather ahead of us, and I have practically nothing on my to-do list. Â So let’s go.
After cramming a pile of eggs and potatoes into my face at Boscos Sunday morning, I decided the time was right for a bit of biking fun. Â I knew that I had several errands to run, beginning with a stop at Otherlands. Â No, not for coffee, to drop several pairs of jeans into a collection bin for Thigh High Jeans. Â Founded in 2009 by photographer Ann Smithwick and artist Kerry Peeples, the company accepts donations of used jeans and embroiders them with inspirational quotes and other finery. Â I’m not a huge fan of their product – I guess I prefer my jeans unadorned – but I appreciate that they are recycling unwanted clothes, and that it’s a local business. Â So there you go, Thigh High – four pairs of my old jeans are yours.
Here’s a shot of my cargo just before leaving the house.
And here’s one of all the bikes parked behind Otherlands.
Yes, that is my shadow in the picture.
After that I stopped at Easy Way for mushrooms for dinner. Â Here I am, parked outside.
Then, I stopped by the Redbox outside Ike’s to return a couple of movies – sorry, Black Lodge, but my wife picked them out. Â I doubt you carry the type of chick-flick she likes anyway.
After that, I continued north on Cooper, turned left at Poplar and pedaled furiously to the entrance of Overton Park. Â I was going to cruise around the park for a bit, but I decided to make a bee line for Broad Street and my next two destinations. Â First up, Victory Bicycle Studios.
Co-owner Clark Butcher, photographer Nathan Berry, and some other folks were hanging out in the shop that afternoon, so after perusing the lovely merchandise, including this absolutely sick Merckx …
(I know. Â Day-um.)
I hung out and drank beer for a while. Â It was great: cold beer, bikes, and good people.
After draining my High Life, I biked east on Broad to Hollywood Feed for a new tag for my dog. Â Here’s my bike outside:
And here’s the engraving machine inside:
Then, I biked down Broad to Tillman to the Greenline, then south on High Point Terrace, around the golf course, to campus. Â I had a plastic bag of recyclables to drop off. Â BTW, did you know that U of M recycles damn near anything now? Â Everything the city takes, we take, plus electronics, all types of plastic (not just #1 and #2), keys, cell phones, styrofoam, light bulbs, batteries, you name it. Â Seriously, if you have a pile of any of that crap sitting at home and you want to get rid of it, leave a comment below. Â We’ll make it happen.
OK, after the office I biked home. Â Twas a lovely day on the bike. Â Twelve miles total, I believe. Â Here’s a map of my ride.
Later that day I installed some interesting new bike lights, which I’ll write about later this week. Â Until then, be safe, and keep biking in Memphis.