Sunday, March 22, 2015
I Got A Brand New . . .
I can't remember when or why I stopped riding my bike. My guess is it's because we had to leave them behind when my family moved from Idaho to Utah. For some reason we never replaced them. We only stayed in Utah for about a year and when we moved back to Idaho my parents had bought a farm and there wasn't anywhere to ride a bicycle. Instead I graduated to four wheelers.
I've really missed having a bike to ride around on. It is something that's pretty special to me because my dad taught me how to ride a bike. It's one of the best memories I have with my dad. He'd go bike riding with me and I'd even ride along next to him while he ran. My dad bought me my very first big girl bike. The older I got the less Dad wanted to ride with me. I remember the last time we rode our bikes together I was around fifteen or sixteen. I had been begging him to go on a ride with me and he finally agreed to do it. However, by the time we got ready and he got the bikes out of the garage it had started to rain. It was summer time in Wisconsin so it was pretty warm out. I still figured he wouldn't want to go. I was wrong and we went riding in the rain. We were soaked to our skin within 2 minutes but we rode for quite a while. It was an amazing day. Needless to say, I've been missing it. Last summer I tried to ride one of Tim's bikes but it was just too uncomfortable for me and I didn't even make it down the street before I turned around to head home. I was so discouraged because I had wanted to do it so badly but it just didn't work out.
Today we were wandering around Walmart and I saw that they had some bikes on sale. I was eying a specific one and Tim got it out and made me ride it in the aisle of the store. It felt amazing and it was so comfortable. I knew I had to have it. The only problem was that I had no way to get it home. I knew it would fit in my car but we happened to have been driving Tim's car. I would have to go home and get my car and come back to pick Tim and the bike up. Tim wanted to put it back and run to get the car. I was petrified that someone else would want it and it would be gone by the time we got back. So, I made Tim walk it around the store while we got our groceries. Poor guy, lol. He was such a sweetie about the whole thing. We ended up checking out and I ran to get the car while he stayed with the bike. We live about ten minutes away from Walmart so it was a 20 minute round trip. By the time I picked up the car Tim called to tell me that he was riding the bike home. He actually made it about 3/4 of the way home before I met him to pick him up. I thought that was terribly sweet of him.
I took it on my first ride this evening and it was absolutely amazing. It was everything I thought it was going to be and everything I've been missing. I'm sure not the young kid I was and my body is probably twice the size but I loved it anyway. The great part about the bicycle is that it's a Huffy lady cruiser which is not typically meant for going up hills because there are no gears to shift. I'm fortunate enough that I live in a very hilly area so I really got my workout in. The hills almost killed me but I did it anyway -right along side my beau. I was only able to do about 30 minutes today but my goal is to be able to ride all around my neighborhood by the end of the summer. I'll just have to keep practicing!