Perfect weather today brought out a record number of people who participated in the Mayor’s Hike & Bike this morning. According to the Courier-Journal, 7400 people attended today’s event. (I think around 5,000 attended the Memorial Day ride back in May). The route this time went over the 2nd Street bridge into Indiana, then back across and downtown through the Portland neighborhood to Shawnee Park and back. I think it was around 17 miles. We took a long way home afterwards, so our round trip ride today was 25.5 miles.
I loved seeing the guy riding the highwheeler (above). Actually, I’m not sure of the correct name for these bikes. I’ve heard them called highwheelers, Boneshakers and Penny-farthings. Whatever they’re called, it reminds me of the “Lost Cyclist” book I’m currently reading by David Herlihy, who is speaking this Thursday at one of our local bike shops. I’m only about 40 pages into the book, but I hope to get off work in time to make it to the event.
The bi-annual event always draws a good size crowd and it’s fun to see the various people and bikes that come out for the day. Several people were carrying little dogs in their baskets, but I didn’t get an opportunity for any photos of them. David, one the local cyclists, was pulling several dogs in their crates which were attached to a trailer. David has way more energy than I do. 🙂 I yelled hi to him as I passed, but couldn’t get a photo. This is Mayor Abramson’s last term in office, so I really hope the new mayor continues the Hike & Bike each year.
Today’s food journal:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1/2 banana = 0.5 points
— Morningstar Farms veggie buffalo wings = 4 points
— 1 cup chocolate milk = 3 points
— Grilled chicken sandwich = 9 points
— Potato chips = 7 points (est.)
— Iced tea = 0 points
— Weight Watchers brownie = 3 points
— 25 mile bike ride @ 12 mph average (2 hours non-stop) = +15 activity points
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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