...to my brother's house we go. This saturday I decided to set a goal: to go from my door to my brother's door by bicycle. A trip that is about 14 miles one-way and most of it on bicycle parkways. Seemed a perfect way to spend a Saturday.
I thought I would give you a little picture tour of my ride. So yeah, lots of pictures ahead.
First off, I had to decide what to wear for this long ride. I am not comfortable being too sporty-looking or all lycra-ed out--it's just not me. At the same time I wanted to be comfortable and nimble. So I decided on this casual jersey dress.
People on the trail, with their jerseys and gear, may look at me in a dress and a pink polka dot helmet and think I'm sooo not hardcore. But they would be wrong. I am undercover hardcore. See?
Under my dress were my new Pearl Izumi Attack Shorts that I picked up at the REI anniversary sale. They are my first pair of padded shorts and thought they would be a nice asset to this ride. Plus, I am still breaking in that Brooks saddle, so I need all the help I can get.
It was then time to head off. I live in downtown Salt Lake City, so as I passed Temple Square, I decided to stop and smell the always gorgeous flowers.
Then I made my way through the streets of SLC to hook up with my old friend, the Jordan River Parkway.
Between the Jordan River Parkway and the Legacy Parkway Trail, was a un-paved gravelly bit. It was actually quite beautiful, but I think Betty and her tires really missed the asphalt.
A grainy view of downtown SLC.
After that, I connected with the Legacy Parkway Trail. You probably don't remember, but this parkway will take me straight to my brother's house. It's the parkway that I ride with my nieces.
After a little bit, I reached my turn.
And then my destination, where my brother had his legendary chocolate chip cookies waiting for me.
Overall, I found the ride very doable. And can see myself doing it often. But why wouldn't I when I have such great incentives at the destination?
The only hole in my plan? I had to do it all over again to get home.