Happy summer, New England!

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!

After orchestra on the way home lawll

After orchestra on the way home lawll

I’m never happy when it rains.

Rain. Grr.

Rain is quite possibly the most difficult part of attempting to go car-free in April. In Boston it rains pretty much every freaking second in April. And by every freaking second I mean about 2-3 times a week. Whatever.

The most annoying part about all of this rain is that even when it’s not raining it looks as if it’s about to downpour all day and the weather forecast changes every 20 minutes, so it’s impossible to know when it’s a good idea to go out for a ride because it’s not actually going to downpour or when a ride is a very, very bad idea because the sky is about to explode.

So since my ride on Monday, all I’ve done is ridden my bike to and from school (twice, yeehaw) yesterday. Today I took the bus.

BLARGH. I HATE RAIN.

First note: I didn’t take that picture (obviously. there are leaves in it.) I stole it off the internet. What a bad person am I.
Today I took a ride up to Prospect Hill in Waltham, which is just a few miles from my house and mostly along the bike path that runs along the Charles. But I’ve never been there or even knew about it at all!
First of all, that was possibly the most steep/long climb I’ve ever tried. Well, not actually. But it felt like it! I just went hiking in the White Mountains over the weekend and I’m a fat weenie so it was really, really, really hard and now I’m wicked sore.
But it was totally worth it (and the humiliation that resulted from getting off and walking the last leg.) The view, as you can see, is breathtaking. I forgot my camera, but with no leaves on the trees you could see just about everything and it was phenomenally gorgeous. I’d definitely recommend it as a great place to go riding/walking/jogging. There are even tons of places to go for food nearby, and tons of little fireplaces/grills already set up throughout the park!

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First note: I didn’t take that picture (obviously. there are leaves in it.) I stole it off the internet. What a bad person am I.

Today I took a ride up to Prospect Hill in Waltham, which is just a few miles from my house and mostly along the bike path that runs along the Charles. But I’ve never been there or even knew about it at all!

First of all, that was possibly the most steep/long climb I’ve ever tried. Well, not actually. But it felt like it! I just went hiking in the White Mountains over the weekend and I’m a fat weenie so it was really, really, really hard and now I’m wicked sore.

But it was totally worth it (and the humiliation that resulted from getting off and walking the last leg.) The view, as you can see, is breathtaking. I forgot my camera, but with no leaves on the trees you could see just about everything and it was phenomenally gorgeous. I’d definitely recommend it as a great place to go riding/walking/jogging. There are even tons of places to go for food nearby, and tons of little fireplaces/grills already set up throughout the park!

Day 1.

Hoorah! It’s my first day of car-freedom! Thought I’d put up a few thoughts about what the next few weeks will bring…

Things I’m super excited about!

  • Biking in Boston is just about my FAVORITEST thing in the whole wide world so the fact that I’m going to be out there a couple times a week is really, really awesome.
  • I’ll finally be motivated to take my bike everywhere (instead of the bus) so I won’t have to death with the whole I’m-stuck-at-school-until-the-bus-comes-in-45-minutes thing.
  • I might actually get healthier and wage the battle of the bulge a little bit (which is very much needed after the long winter!)
  • I can avoid going out when I don’t feel like it by using the whole I’m-not-getting-in-your-car thing :)
  • I’m buying myself a folding bike!! I’m going to hate being poor…

Things I need to learn/will be difficult:

  • How to properly patch a tire/fix a flat. I’ve seen it done about a thousand times and in theory I know how to buuut I’ve never actually done it myself…(a side effect of living in a family that between four owns 22 bikes…)
  • What am I going to do about my bike at work? There aren’t exactly a ton of great places for me to toss my bike…hmm….
  • Going out at night…I’m going to have to be creative with lights when I’m oot and aboot at 1 am…

Alrighty, I’ll write something more when I actually get on my bike and do something exciting. Peace!

This is my bike. Her name is Blue Beauty and she’s awesome. My dad found her on the sidewalk (ie, gettin’ ready for trash day) in almost mint condition and we swapped out some parts and now she rides like a dream. I’m totally against fancy bikes and bike hipster-ness, so she’s got just the vibe for me.We’ve had lots of crazy adventures together, and it’s all just getting started.

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This is my bike. Her name is Blue Beauty and she’s awesome. My dad found her on the sidewalk (ie, gettin’ ready for trash day) in almost mint condition and we swapped out some parts and now she rides like a dream. I’m totally against fancy bikes and bike hipster-ness, so she’s got just the vibe for me.We’ve had lots of crazy adventures together, and it’s all just getting started.

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