Archive for October, 2009

Changes

We all know that nothing stays the same.  This is, in fact, what motivates us to take on challenges like committing to riding a bike every day.  Why would we do it just to maintain the status quo?  The best change that has occurred as a result of the Hot Pink Bike Route so far is that my husband has been motivated to join me recently.  His doctor has told him that he really needs to exercise.  It is great to see that watching me pedal out of the driveway every day has motivated him.

Other changes have occurred in the past two months too. I thought it would be fun to do a little photo essay to document changes along the bike route.
 
oopsie!

The sign has taken a nose dive.

 From the post  Sights From the Bike Route.  Noticing this sign’s new position gave me the idea for today’s post.

new digs
The Gnome is now surrounded with fall plantings.

From the post The Mysteries of the Garden Gnome.  Now the gnome has new digs.

waiting
The octopus is still waiting.

From the post  Of Wheels and Words.  The octopus hasn’t changed.  But his enviroment has.  Now a recycling bin sits next to the mail box.

 

seed pods
The morning glories are gone. Now there are seed pods on the RR Crossing sign.

 From the post The Railroad Not Taken. The weather is cooler.  The glories are gone.

agnother gnome?
The weeds continue to cover the hydrant.

From the post Agnother Gnome? Soon we may not be able to see the hydrant at all…

Keep on riding/walking/exercising!

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Back on the Bike

fair 015I hate to report that this weekend was total wash as far as The Hot Pink Bike Route was concerned.  I left Friday AM to the SC State Fair. So unless hiking two miles on concrete in search of a deep-fried snickers is considered exercise, I didn’t get any.  (Yes, the deep-fried snickers sounds repulsive, but I felt compelled to satisfy my curiosity.  Had I known that they came on a stick and looked like a corndog, I wouldn’t have been so curious. And yes, they are as repulsive as they sound. My 13-year-old son wouldn’t even eat it.  I’m happy to say it ended up in the trash.)

After leaving the kitchy State Fair, I headed for kitchy Myrtle Beach for a writer’s conference where I saw the beach… but didn’t walk on it. 

View from my window.

View from my window.

Then, because I followed Google Maps instead of Map Quest directions home, a 3.5 hour drive became a 5 hour drive and so I got home too late to bike. 

But the good news is that today I did ride!  Here’s my favorite thing I saw today:

Roots seeking water in the middle of the street.

Roots seeking water in the middle of the street.

Despite my weekend hiatus, I feel successful to have gotten back on the proverbial horse!

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Duck!

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I’ve always told my husband that if I’m ever in a car accident where I’ve run off the road for no apparent reason, he can assume there was a raptor flying overhead.  I can never help looking at them!

 

Today I found out that the same principle applies to bike accidents… and overhead ducks.

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Boo! And the Flu!

I pass these ghosts almost every day!  My fav. Halloween decoration yet!

I pass these ghosts almost every day! My fav. Halloween decoration yet!

This weekend my sister and brother in-law (and their German shepherd) had the misfortune of arriving at our house for a weekend visit about ten minutes before I realized my son was running a fever.  They were extremely gracious about it, digging in their heels and staying the whole weekend instead of heading back to Florida, like I might have done.

So on Saturday, my daughter, still motivated to ride her bike after the installation of The Seat®, insisted that those of us who were not stricken by the swine flu (or taking the latest victim to the doctor) ride downtown to a bazaar. Which is how three adults, one child, and a dog, were inspired to ride on a cold and cloudy morning. 

It took a lot of inspiration, I have to confess, since I had spent a large portion of the previous night cleaning up vomit and being afraid to go to sleep because my other child’s fever was so high.  Of course it ended up feeling great to get out of the house! 

Plus, I felt that I had to get those rides in today and yesterday.  Because if the flu strikes me, I know I won’t be getting on the bike.  Blog or no blog.

Carpe diem, fellow exercisers!

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Blog Action Day

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Today is “Blog Action Day” and I signed up The Hot Pink Bike Route, even though it is a tiny blog just starting out.  But this year’s topic, Climate Change, is extremely appropriate for a blog about biking! 

Most posts that you see here are simply about biking for the exercised challenged.  But biking is also a great way to contribute to a cleaner world and help our suffering ozone layer.

While the primary reason I bike is for my own health, I know it would help the planet for me to choose to ride instead of drive when I can.  I know this better today than yesterday because here is some of the data I found while researching for this post.

Using a bicycle to commute four days a week for four miles (one-way) saves 54 gallons of gas annually.

The energy and resources needed to build one medium-sized car could produce 100 bicycles.

Most ozone pollution is caused by motor vehicles, which account for 72% of nitrogen oxides and 52% of reactive hydrocarbons (principal components of smog).

These are just a few of the arguments for biking you will find if you visit http://bicycleuniverse.info/transpo/almanac.html

I found a lot of other great motivational information about biking while doing research, and I’m sure some of it will work its way into future posts.  But for now, I am hoping that the knowledge I gained will motivate me to put up the keys and put on the helmet a little more frequently. And that the thousands of voices speaking out today will promote change.

To learn more about Blog Action Day visit  www.blogactionday.org.

“This is it. One day, one issue, thousands of voices.”

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The Seat®: The Final Installment

on a kid's bike

In my last post, I reflected on how The Seat® came into my possession some time after the unwise purchase of a $50 bike.  Here is how The Seat® has recently influenced The Hot Pink Bike Route.

After the $50 bike started falling apart piece-by-piece we decided to give it up for lost, dismantle it, and use it for parts. What we should have realized, of course, is that a bike not worth $50 while still in one piece is worth even less as a pile of cheaply made parts.  So as we were discussing whether or not there was a single part worth saving, my daughter quickly honed in on the one part that was: The Seat®. 

Now The Seat® (worth $50) has been installed on her $30 kid’s bike.  It looks odd, I confess.  My daughter, however, is so thrilled with The Seat®’s “padding made of cushion-soft lycra and gel” that she’s dying to ride.  Twice last week she motivated me to ride when I was tempted not to.  If this trend continues, The Seat® will be worth every penny of the $50 that I didn’t have to pay to begin with.  Hmmm.  Maybe if I purchased one for every member of my family I’d be three times as motivated to ride…

One of the places we rode last week was to the Beaufort Shrimp Festival

One of the places we rode last week was to the Beaufort Shrimp Festival

 

If not for The Seat®, I may have never known my alma mater funded a research vessel that went to important destinations like the Beaufort Shrimp Festival!

If not for The Seat®, I may have never known my alma mater funded a research vessel that went to important destinations like the Beaufort Shrimp Festival!

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The Seat®

The Seat®

Last year, in an attempt to be fiscally practical, I purchased the cheapest bike I could find. It cost $50, brand new, at a certain famous discount store.  Since it looked as good as the next bike, I thought I had a bargain.

The first time I rode it the right pedal fell off.  This was on a family excursion, so I pressed on, not wanting to spoil the outing.  On the return ride home I experienced severe derrière discomfort.  My husband traded bikes with me, pedaled for about a block, and declared that he was riding the rest of the way standing up.

The next time I visited my parents I described the  “bargain bike” to my father. He went to a closet and came back carrying The Seat®.  Someone had given it to him for a holiday and he said he wasn’t ever going to use it.  He gave it to us.

 The Seat®, which still had the tag on it, promised to:

“have been endorsed by physicians.”

“reduce the risk of impotency.”

“solve the problem of bike seat discomfort.”

I took The Seat® and was heading to my car with it when my sister stopped me.  “Hey, what are you doing? We gave that to Dad for Christmas a few years ago. It was expensive!” 

So much for avoiding bike seat discomfort.

It turns out that The Seat® cost $50.  It’s kind of funny to put a $50 seat on a $50 bike, but I did it.  And I had some very comfortable rides as a result.  Until the left pedal fell off.  And the brakes stopped working. Which wasn’t all that long after installing The Seat®.  

This is just the beginning the story about The Seat® and how it influenced The Hot Pink Bike Route.  But it’s the end of this post.  Because blog posts are supposed to be short and this one already isn’t!

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