A few weeks before this photo was taken, my internal dialogue went a little like this … “will we have to ride on the road?” … “will there be helmets?” … “what if my legs give way?” … “what if it rains and I slip?” … “what if there’s no place to put my bag?” … “what if we get lost and can’t find our way back before dark” … “what if I can’t remember how to do it?”
You could say I was risk averse. You could say I was over thinking it. You could say I was unaccustomed to going outdoors. You’d be right on all fronts.
Enter Amber from Roam The Gnome. Look, there she is on the left. As for the girl on the right, please don’t ask me to explain that inexplicable stance.
Amber was kind enough (and patient enough) to invite me along for a Brisbane CityCycle It’s a City Council initiative that lets you hire a bike from one of 150 CityCycle stations around town. Look, there’s Nervous Nelly saddling up.
We paid for a subscription online and that covered the full day’s hire. Just quietly, I think it might be the best $2 I’ve ever spent. Sorry, I think I’ve written about $2 bargains once before. Am I repeating myself?
Thankfully, there’s a first time for everything and, let me tell you, this bike-riding biz made a pretty awesome debut. Amber and I started out at the City Botanic Gardens then headed off along Eagle Street Pier, before ducking under the Story Bridge and over to New Farm Park. It was simply spectacular. Navigating the river bends, with nothing but peddle power, was totally invigorating. Sure, some joggers lapped me but I was carpe diem-ing to the beat of my own bicycle bell … if you get my drift.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no we didn’t ride on the road, yes there were helmets and no my legs didn’t give way. As for my derrière, well after our third hour of two wheelin’, a tad discomfort I was a feelin’. The bottom line? I want to do it all over again.
Here’s a few little snaps from our river ride.
Tell me, when was the last time you rode outside of your comfort zone?
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