Summer is finally here. In springtime. I think we just skipped spring altogether…because yesterday it was 80 degrees (after being in the 40s over the past few days!)
So yesterday brought two exciting adventures. First of all, there was some lovely construction on the back roads that I would normally take to/from school. Therefore, I decided to ride home on Watertown Street, which for non-Newton natives is a two-lane busy road with lanes of parking on both sides. Now, at 11 it luckily wasn’t that busy, but this was my first real adventure riding in the street on a busy road without my dad. And it went well!
One little mini-rant I have about riding on roads with on-street parking is as follows: When there aren’t a lot of cars parked…if I ride in and out of the parking lane, swerving around the parked cars when they come up, I hae a lot more space most of the time and don’t block a lane, but people don’t know where I’m going/get annoyed/pinch me off when I try to merge back in. However, if I stay in the traffic lane (which isn’t quite wide enough to share) I come off like a huge road-hog.
From now on I think I’m going to try to stay in the traffic lane if there are a reasonable amount of parked cars. But if there are only one or two, I can deal with pissing everyone off.
Later in the day, I took a ride with padre to Mt. Feake cemetary in Waltham. Now, if you’ve never been graveyard-hopping, you really should. Feake actually allows bicycling inside of it and is one of the most beautiful cemeteries around, right in a bend of the Charles River. It’s also almost completely accessible by the Charles River Bike Path, so not a huge amount of on-street riding for those of you who might be a bit more timid out there.
I finished out with a ride through The Cove in Auburndale, which is also really beautiful and pleasant. Even equipped with portipotties!