Tagged: World Cup

Today’s ride

It’s been a minute or two since I wrote about my day’s biking.  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.  I’ve just been so busy that writing about each day’s ride is a luxury I cannot often afford.

But today I can.  I began my day by downing several cans of some iced coffee beverage or other, having slept later than planned.  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.  (Hi Stacy!)  Ordinarily I would have made a proper pot, er, press, of coffee at home had I not overslept, but no matter.  I was sufficiently caffeinated to begin my day.  So I biked east on Southern Avenue to meet my cycling pal.  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.  We biked to Shelby Farms on the Greenline, which was quite busy with cyclists, runners, and walkers, despite the day and time.  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.  It seems these days that there is no amount of water I can drink and feel my thirst quenched.  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.  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.  If you’ve been following the news, you know how the match ended.  We lost.  But our team played really well, and I was happy to see how much chatter the game generated on facebook.  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.  After changing clothes, I settled down into my evening of reading, eating dinner, and writing.

Here’s a map of today’s ride.

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And a clickable link if you are interested.

I must share one story from this morning’s ride before I sign off.  Stacy and I were almost to Shelby Farms and were approaching the intersection of the Greenline and Mullins Station Road.  We were slowing to a stop as we approached the stop sign on the Greenline.  To our left, a vehicle heading south on Mullins Station had stopped at the intersection, presumably to let us proceed unimpeded.  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.  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?  Not driving?  Not screeching to a halt at this first sign of his shiny wagon?  All we could do in response was look in open-mouthed wonder at our new friend.  Apparently some cyclists had offended him to the point that he felt the need to correct us for their past misdeeds.  OK, fine.  Thanks for the feedback.

Altogether though it was a good day to be biking in Memphis.  My schedule permitting, I hope to write a few more blog entries about my cycling adventures of late.  Until then, thanks for reading.