This last weekend I took 4-days off and had a glorious weekend of summer biking. The weekend was so much fun that I’ve been going through fun withdrawal, and was incredibly grumpy going into work on Tuesday. Although it felt like a never-ending weekend of fun, it did indeed end, but at least I took full advantage while it lasted.
The weather was great – and since this is New England that means that it was humid as hell, with occasional rolling showers. I began the weekend with the goal of doing 4 different types of biking in 4 days. And even though I don’t always consider city biking and polo as different kinds of biking (I just think of them as my daily routine), this time I’ll count it so that I can say I did 4 kinds – road, city, polo and mountain biking.
Friday, I rode with 3 women down to Providence, Rhode Island, which is one of my absolute favorite rides. I honestly can’t remember the last time I went out on a long road ride with a group of all women. It was awesome! The day started with a flat 3 blocks from where we started, so we went back to our start point, patched the tube and hit the road again, to only get another flat 15 miles out. It was a bit of a rough start, but the ride couldn’t have been more fun. The route is beautiful, but my favorite part is always biking through the Diamond Hill Reservoir, which is just the right downhill grade to feel like you’re flying- plus you get to snap photos like this:
AND, just like magic, as we crossed from Massachusetts into Rhode Island, there was a DEL’S stand on the side of the road. Now, those of you not from Rhode Island will not understand the depths of my love for Del’s, but suffice to say – Del’s is the most delicious frozen lemonade in existence, and it is the perfect biking treat.
Saturday, the 4th itself, started out as a cloudy, hazy morning, but I had 3 barbecues to go to, and so the clouds and drizzling rain wasn’t going to stop me. We rode all over the city going from one friend’s place to another, eating lots of food, watermelon, and sitting around some great bonfires. There was one unfortunate incident where we rode up the biggest hill in the city, only to find out that the party was back at the bottom of the hill. But, hey, at least I wasn’t the one carrying the watermelon in my backpack.
Sunday, of course, being the weekly day of worship was spent at non-other than the infamous Allston courts playing some Sunday Funday polo. The sun was out, the beers were cold, and the softball dudes gave us a free bag of ice to keep the balls nice and pingy!
After polo, I rode to Turtle Pond, because no endless summer weekend is complete without some outdoor swimming and some sunset watching.
And then Monday came, and I couldn’t miss out on my opportunity to fulfill 4 types of biking in 4 days so three of us loaded up the car and headed to Harold Parker State Park for a mountain bike ride (and a slightly disappointing dip into Berry Pond).
Unfortunately, my legs were kinda toast at this point, and so I took a few falls, but of course the upside to being a polo player is that I am an expert at falling off my bike. The best part was that there was a little jump right off the trail into the parking lot, so we all took half a dozen passes at the jump before piling into the car to stuff ourselves with Chipotle. Matt definitely won for getting the coolest photo off the jump.
And now the weekend is truly over, as it’s now Wednesday, and all I can do is reminisce about how awesome it was, and dream that all summer weekends were 4 days long and involved so many bike adventures.