I absolutely love the idea of biking. But the biking itself? Yeah, that doesn’t usually work out.
One college summer I had tremendous plans to go on a two week biking tour through the French countryside. But at the last minute, I backed out. I mean, it suddenly sounded like an awful LOT of biking. Instead I could stay home in Connecticut, waiting endlessly for my crush to call, while spending the rest of my time trying to get into bars with my fake ID. Now that’s a summer.
Who needs the French and all that pedaling?
Many years later, my husband, daughter Dylan and I traveled to Tuscany. And that’s when I had an absolutely brilliant idea… What could be more lovely than riding around Tuscany on our bicycles? Oh, it will be just perfect.
In the August heat. On the Tuscan hills. While 5 months pregnant.
Rick mentioned that he thought I was perhaps being a bit too ambitious. But I laughed at that Debbie Downer and told him to bulk up. Man, if that guy wasn’t married to me, he wouldn’t do anything adventurous. He is so damn lucky to have me. This was going to be awesome.
You know what? Despite that joyful smile plastered on my face, not really all that awesome.
Expensive? Well, yes… with the bike rentals, the bike seat, the helmets, the locks, the bike rack, the bike pants….
Tiring? Oh, definitely. I was exhausted after schlepping into Florence just to pick up the bikes.
Hot? I mentioned it was August, right?
But I apparently have no memory retention because I am, once again, obsessed.
I am already lost in visions of scenic, family bike rides along New York City’s waterfront bike paths. When I imagine Rick biking, I sort of envision… Leonardo DiCaprio. You know, all urban and sexy and eco.
And, of course, not to brag but doesn’t that make me his bike-loving-ex-Gisele?
But maybe with a little less thong showing.
As you know from my previous post, this is definitely NOT how I imagine Rick and myself hitting the bike paths…
Although these two don’t look dumb enough to blow off a parent paid trip to France in favor of trolling the Connecticut suburbs.
So this time I’m serious. We’re getting used bikes. We’re getting bike seats. Dylan and Summer are totally on board with the plan. We’re doing this thing.
Rick – don’t say anything. This is going to be awesome.
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