A few months ago I bought a bike as a birthday gift to myself — mind you, my birthday was months away, but it seemed like a good excuse after talking about it for two years. I finally had a chance to take it out last week for a ride on one of the trails along the river banks of Pittsburgh. The rails-to-trails system is perfect if you’re a recreational biker like me – i.e., I like the wind in my face and getting exercise outdoors without having to master big hills (or any hills) or road traffic. It doesn’t hurt that the trail we often ride after work conveniently goes by a bunch of restaurants for a little dinner-time stop off.
Yes, I realize the irony of stopping at a place called The Cheesecake Factory where the smallest-sized portions are the size of, say, a bike.
Anyway, I just love my new Schwinn — it’s kind of old-school with new features, comfortable and fun to ride. The weather is gorgeous here today and we might head north for a ride after work at a nearby state park. Someday we’d like to take a whole week and bike along the Great Allegheny Passage, which runs from Western PA to Washington, DC. First, I need to build up some stamina…and I might require at least one Cheesecake Factory along the way.