Wednesday, July 04, 2007

energy independence day

Happy Independence Day! For those of us here in the U.S., today is the day we celebrate our nation's 200+ years of independence from British rule by grilling meat, drinking beer and setting off fireworks. The fireworks are always my favorite part (with beer-drinking being a close second). I was thrilled today when our local paper printed a guide to types of fireworks.

HWWLLB and I celebrated the 4th by burning a little of our own energy. We spent most of the day biking all over town. The original plan was to bike to a nearby state park where some friends were having a cookout. This seemed like a good idea until about ten minutes into the ride, when we both noticed that it was about 90 degrees in the shade - and there was not much shade to be had. But we put in a good effort, and though we never made it to the cookout, we got to play Urban Adventurers and defy the heat with a nice tour of the city.

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This bridge crosses over a big huge highway to connect the inner-city greenway to the suburban part of the greenway and the art museum. It's so much fun to zoom over it and watch the cars whizzing by below.

The ride was great. We spent three or four hours on downtown streets we know like the backs of our hands, and tooling around neighborhoods we'd never seen before. There was a pit stop at the coffee shop halfway through (blackberry smoothie for HWWLLB, iced chai for me), and another pit stop shortly thereafter for a banned substance: diet coke.

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addictions can be so embarassing (especially when people insist on photographing you getting your fix).

I think it was too hot for much wildlife, but we did see plenty of dogs (most of them barking at us), as well as a woodchuck and a lizard. I think the lizard might have been a blue-tailed skink. It was just a zip of blue across the bike path.

Now I'm at home with my feet up, about to partake of the grilled non-meat and the obligatory beer. Later I hope we'll go catch some fireworks. I hope all of you are enjoying a great day off! Or, if you're Canadian, a solidarity beer. Hooray for independence!

5 comments:

  1. Urban bike rides are a lot of fun! You definitely see the city in a whole new way.

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  2. i need a long bike ride badly... it has been so hot and rainy here that i've been lazy indoors except for my sweaty commute. time to get used to it and get on the bike :) your 4th sounds lovely!
    xo

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  3. I bet I know the coffeeshop... were you enjoying some CoJ? I love their blackberry smoothies.
    Happy 4th!

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  4. i've made that ride, a couple of times, from boylan heights, into umstead. i love going over that bridge! ... especially when the sky is a deep carolina blue !
    i had some blue moon on the 4th. it was excellent! beer & fruit ... two food groups ! how *healthy* !
    ps. i would never stop at snoopy's ... only because i would not be able to resist fries !!!

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  5. sounds like
    a wonderful
    fourth...
    if only
    i could get
    grub
    on a bike.
    sigh

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