I know, I know, you thought my blog was dead. So did I. Life has become more complicated for me becoming a master’s student. The only recent climbing I’ve done is in the gym, and you don’t want to hear about that. So my poor blog sat neglected.
But suddenly today, in the midst of working on two huge projects, I feel the need to write (“Procrastinate much?” I can almost hear my daughter say). However, I feel the need to share my excitement about a new endeavor I am taking on that has to do with my first love, cycling.
I fell in love with riding at a young age, when I received a pink Huffy bike called Sweet Thunder #2. I seriously spent most of my daylight hours on this beauty!
My next bike, which I can’t find a picture of, was a red 10-speed with a trademark 80′s rainbow decal on the top tube. It was made by Panasonic, which caused me to be relentlessly ridiculed by the neighborhood boys, “Can you get a sound on that?!” I didn’t care, I would ride all day, sun up to sun down, I was in the saddle.
When my kids were small I had a cruiser and would haul them around in a bike trailer through the neighborhood we lived in. It was fun, but I was missing that feeling I had when I was kid. That is, until I met the Contessa.
Damn it was love at first sight. As soon as I clipped in and started pedaling, those feelings of freedom came flooding back. Me and the road, we were one again.
So now that you know about my bike history, you may or not remember I mentioned I was excited about a new endeavor. I am part of a new cycling advocacy non-profit, and I can’t tell you how happy it has made me. Where I live, Ann Arbor, Michigan, there are a ton of cyclists and a fair amount of bike lanes, but the proposed projects are in danger of losing funding. According to our Transportation Authority, Eli Cooper, back in 1978 we were even with Madison and Boulder with bike lane initiatives, but the 80s hit Michigan hard and projects were scrapped. We have gained new momentum as of late, but all that could change again.
So, as a poor grad student, I am making it my job to do all I can to keep them rolling. The organization is called Bike A2 and don’t have a website yet, but you can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. I imagine until we get a website I will be writing here periodically about what is going on, so stay tuned!