One of the best parts of being an academic is that, for a precious few weeks in the summer, my schedule is my own. Â For most of the rest of the year I am expected to answer emails from students at all hours of the day and night, to say nothing of weekends. Â Plus, for at least four weeks during each semester I am inundated with piles of exams and/or term papers to grade which, depending on how many students are in my charge that semester, can easily number over 300.
OK, I’ll stop kvetching now (believe me, I could go on for hours). Â The point here is that I am really happy (and lucky) to be able to spend a few hours on a summer afternoon biking around town, running a few errands.
Tops on my list today was Home Depot. Â I needed to pick up a few items for the garden, plus some bolts and nuts to secure a rear bike light that has been falling off my bike of late. Â But first I needed a haircut.
I’ve visited the same stylist almost exclusively since I moved to Memphis five years ago, but since she moved on to a salon much further from Midtown than I feel necessary to bike to, I’ve been looking for a new home for my hair-styling needs. Â And I think I’ve found that home at Empire Hair Studios. Â Sorry for the blatant endorsement, but when I biked there early this afternoon I noticed a lack of decent bike parking facilities. Â I mean, not even a nearby street sign or lamp post that would do. Â So after a few moments of struggling to lock my bike to a light pole, one of the employees came outside and told me I could just bring my bike into the lobby and park it there. Â How awesome was that! Â Here’s a picture.
So I like this place. Â After leaving Empire I biked west on Harbert to Rozelle, then west again on Eastmoreland. Â After that I crossed Union (with no traffic light) and Madison until I reached the HD.
I almost forgot: just at the intersection of Harbert and Barksdale, I came across this beautiful sight.
I have no idea whose bike and trailer this is, but kudos to you, my fellow Memphis cyclist. Â It’s always great to see artifacts of other bikers around town.
Also, just before I arrived at Home Depot, I saw this sign affixed to the door of an empty building at the corner of Madison and Avalon.
I love this. Â Rise up indeed. Â I then noticed these lovely tiles.
I would have never noticed them had I not been biking. Â I do love finding hidden treasures around town like these.
Anyway, after making my business happen at the HD, I biked home on Madison. Â No major drama; the drivers on Madison were mostly respectful (although I did get honked at on Cooper and Peabody).
Finally I arrived at home, twelve miles and several gallons of sweat later. Â Here’s a screenshot of my ride that day.
And here’s that clickable link I know you all love.
For the record, this ride actuallty happened yesterday (Tuesday, 26 July) but I began to nod off before I could finish writing about it last night. Â Today’s ride was very uneventful: to school and back, about 6.5 miles total. Â The heat notwithstanding, it was a nice day.
Alright people, it’s bedtime here. Â Have a safe day out there and I’ll see you soon.