The Right Pair of Shoes

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Ike and I took a quick ride to the library to pick up books I had on hold. We had to get into town for my Coumidan appointment (a quick finger prick) and Ike’s Theater Camp. We only had about 40 minutes to complete the errand and Ike handled the rush better than a Los Angeles freeway. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about how poorly his rain boots would perform for pedaling until we were making our way up our first slight slope. They were a bit slippery and cumbersome. Even so, he did great. We made it home just in time and it was so much nicer than just stopping in the car on the way to town.
I am definitely dressing better since I started trying to bike every day. Well, at least I am getting dressed. There have been too many stay-at-home days where I just stayed in the yoga pants and T-shirt I slept in. And now, I am choosing my outfits with the focus of what I can ride in. The baggy drawstrings don’t cut it (nice for walking, but not riding unless I tame the excess around my ankles), but cute skirts and my favorite pair of skinny jeans do. So odd to say I wear skinny jeans since I am leagues away from skinny, but I’m not gonna mess with the nomenclature. I am also reverting to some styles from my past. I have always loved menswear and men’s shoes. When I was fourteen, I sported white button-downs and narrow ties, and mens’ flannel pants have always graced my closet. I recently picked up a pair of brown wing tips from the Goodwill. The are about a half-size took large, but I am probably going to add some insoles. I have tried some of the oxfords out there made for women including styles from Frye, Bass, and Born, but they were all kind of narrow and made my feet look too small. Yeah, I was down with the chunky shoe trend. I love how my wingtips look with my jeans and the beloved boyfriend sweater makes the outfit. And the price was about 5% of the price of the cheapest pair of those girlie shoes.

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Riding Solo

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After two days off the bike, I got to go it alone. I had a year-end meeting at the school and Ike was staying home with grandma. While getting dressed I realized that a boyfriend sweater is one of the best accessories for riding in our weather. It keeps my arms warm and my backside covered and my arms covered and my backside warm. Wish I had a few more summer weight in other colors.

I left Ike with my mother and hopped on the bike in my trusty sweater and jeans with no fear if exposure. It was a beautiful cool, sunny morning. After the meeting, I went the long way home and stopped at the post office. What a difference to actually pedal instead of just coast behind Ike; I actually worked up a sweat. Was hoping to go out for a second ride with Ike, but our time was filled with other stuff.

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To the Post Office

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We ventured a little farther today, Ike and I. I took him all the way to the post office and discovered it may actually be an easier ride than to the library, a little more flat. I rode behind him shouting encouragement and reminders to stay to the right. His little legs were pedaling the whole time. We didn’t even stop when we arrived, just put the letter in the drive up box and headed back home. Soon we will be able to hit the grocery store together and maybe we will be able to accomplish all our local errands by bike.

I was a little dressed up for this voyage. Something about the sunny weather and riding a bike make me want to don a skirt. I love biking in skirts and really don’t see what the big deal is. They are so much more comfortable than jeans and leggings deal with the modesty issue. I want to fill my closet with A-lines. I also put my new Danskos to the test and they seemed to fit the pedals better than my sneakers. I used my toes more to pedal and the soles were not as slippery. I actually need to upgrade my pedals; the Avenir Comfort Platform pedals are just too slick when wet and that won’t fly in the northwest.

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