What a ramble this was. We headed from home on our new favorite cross-town route – up 2nd NE to K – where traffic is light and there is plenty of room in the lanes. Saw so many other cyclists out enjoying the day.
We met a group of about 12 ay BicycleSpace on 7th, and promptly meandered (wandered, weaved, missed some turns.. but it all worked out) back east through our neighborhood, past Lincoln Park, through a dead-end parking lot at RFK, and finally to Kingman Island.
The island, which seems to be a living classrooms area, was home to some nice scenery and a break from the city. We same some turtles getting it on, and another in the group had a loud blowout, which led to a helpful tire repair class.
We broke off and headed east towards M, then eventually north on 4th, then through the mall and to Metro Center, where lunch and some shopping chores awaited.
Overall a nice, albeit slower paced than expected ride through the many parts of the city on a beautiful cycling day. Another 17 miles in the books. My legs are really looking forward to a longer ride soon though!
Thanks to BicycleSpace and Sol for leading the ride, and bringing along a delicious flourless chocolate brownie-thing.