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A Honeymoon After 20 Years

Joe and I just got back from our official honeymoon–and 20th anniversary trip.  We walked, cycled, observed, ate, and shopped our way around San Francisco for six days.  It was absolute perfection.

cablecarIf you’d like to see some photos, here you go!   We’re not going to wait another 20 years before we go on our second honeymoon!

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November 16, 2008 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

What’s Better Than a Ute?

Two Utes!

In the great tradition of passing down an “old” vehicle to a teen-aged driver, I bought a new (2008 Summer Edition) Kona Ute and gave my old one to Kira.  Kira rides to school every day and the Ute can handle the humongous books she has to haul.  Mark also rides, but he’s doing fine on an old Trek I acquired from a Purdue student who was moving back to South America after graduating.

The one thing I wish I could do on the bike is empty the remote library drop box and haul the books down to the library when I work.  I think I found the right bike for the job, though–the Bakfiets!  Mark Stosberg, another biking Hoosier, pinged me recently to show me his family’s use of the bakfiets.  Very intriguing, but I think I’ll actually have to organize the garage before another bike is allowed to join the crowd in there!

September 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm 1 comment

Second First Day of School Ever

Mark gets ready to head down the hill to school for his first day as a sophomore.

Unavailable at the time of photo:  Kira.  She took off on foot for school about three hours early.

August 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm 1 comment

Farmer’s Market

Summer food is the best! It’s officially harvest time here in Indiana for lovely fruits and veggies such as corn, blueberries, melons, and all things underground like onions, beets, and carrots. And it’s great fun to run into friends.

And I can’t forget my favorite stuff from Two Cookin’ Sisters in Brookston!

My Suburban Utility Bike (S.U.B.) is awesome. I have looked forward to each and every errand I get to run ride with it.

My haul this week included two Indiana musk melons, or as my dad used to say, “Mush-melons.” No, they are not those weenie, anemic cantaloupes. Also Longhouse Farms kettle corn (yum!), some beets (won’t have to fight anyone in the house for those), Two Cookin’ Sisters peanut butter, Strawberry Margarita jam, and blueberries.

I should have brought the tie-downs so I could have hauled a couple of watermelons home. Next week!

July 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

Life in the Bike Lane

Finally!  Now that Henry is able to ride his bike defensively, our lives as a full-out cycling family can begin!

As such, Joe and I bought new bikes this summer.  Well, he and Mark bought new Kona Jakes last summer, but we’re shifting those around a bit in the family.  Mark moves up to Joe’s, Kira gets Mark’s, and Joe and I bought new.

Joe’s new Jake the Snake isn’t quite ready yet, but I picked up my new Kona Jake just last week.  Mark covets it for its Purdue color scheme, but the frame is too small for him since he’s such a tall creature.  We stopped back in at the bike shop a couple of days after I picked it up, and Joe casually asked me if I had taken the Kona Ute for a spin.  My head went for a spin at that moment.  How had I missed seeing it in the shop before?  And why didn’t the sales guy ask me if I wanted to ride it when I told him I was thinking about a utility bike and leaning toward a brand they didn’t carry?  

I wanted a longtail bike in order to further reduce my dependency on cars–especially since I have resigned my position at the library effective next week!  I had been planning to wait a bit but, after riding it, couldn’t help myself.  I bought it.  We live so close to the trails, and now whatever I can’t get on foot, I can certainly haul on my new Kona Ute.  I’ve always wanted to recapture the fun we had the summer after I left GM when The Bigs were The Onlys, and we walked and rode everywhere we needed to go.

The kids actually like it, too.  It’s not as weird as they imagined it would be, I guess.  It’s actually very comfortable to ride and I can get some speed going–even while loaded up with a big bucket of coffee grounds and a gallon of milk.  My next test will be to ride it downtown and see how I do getting it back up the hills from the river to our house–with library books!  

Of course, I’m still training on the Jake, which is the most amazing non-utility ride I’ve ever owned.  But I’m also keeping track of miles and missions on the Ute, just to see how many trips in the car I am avoiding from here on out.

Edit:  I have a Flickr set chronicling my use of the Ute.

July 23, 2008 at 2:22 am Leave a comment


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