This has been an absolutely perfect day. First, Lucus and I hit up the farmers’ market. Wow. This thing must’ve been larger than the Green City market in Chicago, and it was CHEAP!
I saw on Yelp that some people complain about the prices. It’s one of the many things I’ve noticed people around here take for granted. Good prices on local — and quite often organic — produce. This is definitely a subject for another post (or maybe my main site), but we keep getting all these incredulous looks from locals when we tell them we just got here from Chicago. Why’d you move here, they want to know? On one level, I get it. San Francisco is so close, and oh-so trendy. But, you know what. We can bike and run and go to cheap farmers’ markets here. It’s not a perfect place, obviously, but it has a lot to offer. Plus…shhh…don’t tell anyone…I think San Francisco is over-rated.
But that’s a topic for another day.
After the farmers’ market, Lucus and I went to our happy place. Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talkin’ bout REI. I love me some REI. We went to buy a bike rack, but of course walked out with much more. Including some new shoes for me! They’re barefoot trail shoes, and I love them! I started wearing barefoot-style shoes 3 years ago, and I’ve been steadily progressing as my legs get stronger. I can’t stand wearing a stiff sole now.
After we got back from the store, we loaded up the bikes on our new rack and hit the trail!
I don’t think Sacto natives know how good they have it with this trail. The lakeshore trail in Chicago is stunning — and incredibly dangerous for cyclists. Pedestrians and sun-bathers regularly cross Chicago’s lakefont path without looking for cyclist, runners or even other pedestrians first. It’s why I only rode on it once when I lived there; the scenery wasn’t worth the risk of a collision. We preferred to drive out of the city to get to other trails. The American River Trail in Sacramento is stunning (I’ll stop to take pictures next time) and safe. People actually know to walk on the left! No kidding!
Alrighty, no more proselytizing about bike paths. :) I’m off to have a beer and whip up some curtains for my office.
Bike: 11.33 mi
Avg Moving Speed: 12.5 mph
Max Speed: 18.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 67 ft
It was a perfect day to bike. Sunny, breezy, 70°.