Late last week I realized that Memorial Day Weekend stretched before me, an open three-day canvas with very few plans. I was thinking about this as I rode the bus to work one morning, and happened to see a sign saying that Lake Shore Drive was going to be closed for Bike the Drive. Scott was going to be out of town (in New York, at his sister's Sarah Lawrence graduation) and I thought I might as well make some plans. So I decided to register. I don't have a bike, but a quick Google search found that I could rent one for only $20.
I mentioned it to my mom, who replied enthusiastically that it sounded like fun, and over the course of a few emails back and forth, an idea was formed and my parent's decided to join me. They are regular bicyclists, with their own bikes and corresponding gear. On my mom's birthday a week ago, they rode 13 miles for fun and exercise. (In other words, they were much more prepared than me).
I rented my bike on Saturday, and rode home. The Lake Shore trail is gorgeous and scenic, and it's so fun to do by bike.
My parents arrived later that evening, and after an evening spent chatting (and more than one vodka tonic, I must admit) and a walk around the neighborhood, we went to bed relatively early. The next morning, we were out of the house around 6:30am, and hopped on Lake Shore Drive to join the other bikers.
The ride went as far north as Bryn Mawr, and as far south as the Science & Industry Museum. All in, it was a thirty mile round trip ride. I haven't ridden a bike in probably five years (with one minor exception!) so I was proud of myself. I am also thrilled that my parents rode it with me... it wouldn't have been nearly as fun doing it solo.
We all agreed that it would be a fun family tradition, and hope to do it again next year!