I did it! I finally got myself a bike and am riding like the wind! I like to say that I'm "Finching it", which means I might almost be as cool as my bicycle riding hero, Emily Finch......Except I'm only carrying the weight of one small kid, not 5-6 large ones. And I only ride for recreation at this point in time. But hey- I'm Finching it!
After getting the chance to read and review the book "Everyday Bicyling" on my blog, I was wholeheartedly inspired to reunite with the lost world of bike riding.
While reading, I realized how much I've missed the positive impact bike riding has always had in my life, and how I've let having children and difficult living circumstances get in the way of that. (like snow and bad roads)
But Elly Blue's book encourages all of us to get back out there and ride, no matter our lifestyle or circumstances. She gives us options and encouragement, and the green flag to go for it.
In the chapter called, Family Bicycling, I was introduced to Emily Finch, who is the mother of 6 that totally ditched her large suburban and now rides all over the city of Portland for transportation. She's amazing! If you haven't read Emily's story, or seen her adorable interview on Ricki Lake, click here and here and allow yourself to be inspired!
My favorite thing about Emily's enthusiasm for biking 6 kids through the city is not because it's the "green" thing to do, or because it saves on gas money, or because it's healthy exercise, or even that she lost 30 pounds after she started doing it and can eat all the chocolate she wants! (Even though that would be a HUGE incentive for me.) It's because she says it makes her happy! Simply. Unbelievably. Sweetly, Happy.
And that's why I got a bike again. Because I love to feel happy, too, and bike riding is one of those things that totally increases my happiness factor x100.
Here we are bombing down the hills at our favorite Lokahi Park here in Hilo. This is one of my favorite cheap thrills, actually. Ha-ha! I try to do this at least 3 times a week just to get high off the endorphins. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
This was my favorite scene of today, of my sweet family riding in front of me. I've been dreaming of this for a long time-to be able to ride bikes with my my husband and kids. I just needed a kick in the pants to get there. It also helps that they are getting older and can ride their own bikes, although you can still do it with younger children--just read the chapter called Family Bicycling and you'll find a way.