Showing posts from June, 2013

Gasworks: Where nobody goes on an Overcast Day

Our super summer camp is shaping up. We take a bus field trip once a week and the rest of the time we are either at home. Occasionally I have the need to chuck the other campers and take one of those quiet solo trips alone with my kid.

Well, we are suppose to have a heatwave soon. In Seattle that means 80-90F. For Seattle that is hot and makes public transportation unbearable so it just means more biking. We had that once summer where we reached in the 100's and I still biked because anything was better than the sweaty bus. It's like a rolling inferno of funky smells.

First we had to brave the elevators coming out of Westlake with the bike. I wish that bike parking was available in the tunnel. I like to shop and schlepping my bike up into one more smelly elevator is nauseous and leaves me with the urge NOT to shop. Hello Westake, make me some bike parking in the tunnel! You have room.

After the tunnel we biked to Gasworks Park. In the whole time we have lived here we have neve…

Seattle and Summer Rain, NOOOO!

Monday I did zero biking. I instead went on an all out shopping trip with a friend for food and summer items. Tuesday was a fast day so I got up at 3:30 AM and chugged as much water as humanly possible. It was like a frat party but for old people and with water. CHUG, CHUG, CHUG! I didn't t get a chance to eat some breakfast because I was too busy chugging water. After that I went back to sleep and hoped my kid wouldn't wake up too early. Instead I was disturbed by the alarm clock my husband set so he can go to morning davening. Someone kept pressing snooze so it was super annoying.

By the time I reached reality it was 8:30am and my kid was eagerly awaiting her friends who were to spend the WHOLE day with us. (Yes, I allowed that even on a fast day) I figured the kids are old enough to be self sufficient and the two girls tend to baby the younger brother who tags along, including wiping his face of Nutella. I was fresh all out of fiber one bars (apparently a favorite treat of…

Doom and Gloom of Seattle Summer Biking

Seattle weather is so gloomy and I think people just drink in that dreary gloomy mood.  My summer of sun and biking was spoiled by the weather. Thursday it didn't rain it was this weird mist all over with humidity. It felt like spit rain, so gross.

Just like the weather people also adopt this spitting gloom and try to spoil everything. Well, I am not going to let anyone spoil my plans for this week. We have a sort of summer camp going on and this week we are going to bike despite the clouds spitting all over us.

What can you do? Well, in New York you don't even have to own a bike to get on one. Turns out some genius figured out that the Citibike can still be pedaled even though they are locked up. So, join a spin class with this guy because he is awesome.

What else can you do? Anything but wallowing in self pity is good too. So try to forget about the spit falling down and get on your bike.

Last Days of Biking Freedom

My kid is soon to be out of school and I will get to enjoy her company and sweat profusely while I bike her around. I am pretty sure we will be taking some bus adventures with her BFF so we will see how our summer shapes up.

In the meantime I am trying to enjoy the freedom of biking with ease all over Seattle without her. I don't mind my kid but I do mind having to look all sweaty in the summer.

So, Tuesday I went on a mommy solo adventure. I had to pick up my bike at her school and then I made my way down through Montlake to Unversity Village to pick up bagels. I bought a dozen and figured I can make a few of my husband's coworkers happy with a high gluten treat. Last time I brought donuts, nobody refused those either.

After my bagel pick up I stopped at PCC in Fremont and picked up two beers for us to enjoy later. In the many years we have lived in Seattle I have never stopped at this PCC. So, it was very exciting.

I biked across the Fremont bridge. This is my favorite new w…

Happy Father's Day Mr. Peyos

I know the picture is blurry but Mr. Peyos doesn't want to be on this blog. That's okay. We had a really nice Father's Day by meeting him at The Dutch Bike Company in Ballard.  Mr. Peyos had some service done on his bike and we biked and he met us. This meant I was able to go over a bridge. I was so excited to go over the Fremont bridge and be counted. We were number 1699 on Sunday, so close to 1666. We can't have it all right!

We picked up his bike and our kid tried lots of bikes for the heck of it.

The new shop space is nice and is really spacious. If you are in urgent need of a coffee or beer you can still hang out at their old location.

After braving the Fremont bridge my kid said that it was not possible to have a certain someone go with us so we did the long route around through the Ballard Locks.

I hate going through their on a Sunday because people are stupid and stand on the bridge and won't move. We did make it across  and got to check out the salmon run…

Crazy Bikes we all Need

This week I was pretty lazy when it came to biking. For some reason either I do a lot of gardening or bike, never both. If it is even remotely warmish I can't stand to do two things. Plus, gardening can make my hands so dirty.

Wednesday I took the bus to get my kid from school WOW, what a mistake! The bus was so hot and humid inside. Then it got stinky because someone was eating some kind of shellfish. Nobody opens windows and you end up on a bus that smells steamy and fishy at the same time. I got out early and opted to walk a few miles rather than gag.

Well, my last post have been about the wonders/joy of riding with an electric assist. Well, my mother finally caught up on her No Spandex Required reading and sent me a solution to my biking needs: A flying bike!

Oh, but Mr. Peyos had to top that and send me this: A Jet Powered Bike

Get out of my way metal machines! You can totally keep creeper cars far away from you. I love it!

Bike Helmet @ School

I honestly think it is time for my kid to wear her bike helmet at school. All head related injuries have happened at school. Earlier in the year she got mowed over while the boys in her class were playing football. None of them stopped to help pick her up or apologize. Instead, she was mowed over and the boys continued on with their game. A forced apology was made but only after I complained and the English teacher saw the need to intervene.

That trip only took us to the doctors office where our kid was not allowed to spin on the playground for a while, doctors orders.

Tuesday was not so lucky because this time my kid somehow lost her balance and her head made contact with the lunch bench behind her. I was contacted by the school and told about the incident and that she was sent back to class. Now I know for a fact that kids with lesser problems get to hang out in the office. If you have gas you will be coddled, if you have a paper cut, sure stick around.

Then again, I am not these p…

We are the Biking Champions

We are the champions my friend...doo doo doo. Bike to work month is over and so is the challenge laid down my Team Real Riders. I don't think our team was looking for a challenge but the other Family Biking Team came close to catching up.

Here are our stats:

Team Family Ride Rode a total of 2123 miles. We burned 104,027 calories or the equivalent of 416 Krispy Kreme sprinkle donuts. I admit, I didn't even eat one the WHOLE month.

Real Riders didn't even come close, wha wha wha. Maybe next year you can have your sweet comeback!

Here are my own personal stats:

I am pretty surprised I rode that many miles. It didn't feel a lot. I used four different bikes this month and logged close to my regular commuting miles despite the fact I didn't bike for 3 days because of Shavuot.

May was a spectacular month to bike with few rain days and nice weather that wasn't all so sweaty. I really enjoyed being pushed to bike, rather than get on the bus. I have to say that with all …

Last Day with the Madsen

So, our two week affair with the Madsen has come to an end. On Tuesday we were having an off day so we opted for a home day. Just because it was a home day doesn't mean that my kid got let loose to do what ever she wanted. First thing was the homework and some essay she got sent home with.

So what did we do? We took the homework, loaded the Madsen with beach stuff and went and sat by the water. It was refreshing and therapeutic. Here we are reading about different kinds of bears. The water felt pretty slimy and I contemplated taking us across the I-90 but didn't want to get sweaty.

We did the math, which I am never impressed with. I am guessing this summer we are going to have to do a whole math review so that concepts stick. I feel like Cliff Mass can read my mind because he says exactly what I think about Washington Math. As proof watch the YouTube video. You will be so confused and then wonder why you used so much paper to solve a math problem.

So, we splashed around, playe…

How many miles with an Electric Assist?

This is the number one question I am sure comes to mind when you are lying in bed contemplating the sciatica killing you and the left knee that is a pain. Humm, how many miles can I ride with an electric assist?

Well, the answer is not so simple. The only way to really figure it out is to risk loss of the assist and just darn ride where you need to go. So, this is exactly what I did.

My first test was ridding up to pick up my carpool. Now ordinarily this is a 20 mile straight trip but because I needed stuff I ended up getting a load of groceries which took me out of my 20 mile range.  Once at the school I loaded them up bike home and even biked up heafty hils. So that day was about 30 hilly miles. Yes, I biked up to Capitol Hill from Seward Park so it definitely was hilly. Plus, I was extra cautious and took a lot of roads less traveled by cars.

I ended up at Trader Joe's on Madison to get food. I even met a few people who wanted to rent the bike, including a lawyer.

I was pleasan…

Soggy Monday

One week ago my kid and I braved really soggy Seattle to help out at Folklife festival. We basically stood at one of the entrances down by the Space Needle and handed out festival pins to people who made a minimum donation to Folklife. We did that for about 2 hours in the rain and my kid, as usual, stepped in every single puddle she could get her feet in.

As you can see, we didn't take the Madsen and opted for taking the train and then I was going to bike the rest of the way. Barbie looks happy but she was getting all wet because she forgot her umbrella.

Actually the plan was to load two kids in the Madsen, bike all the way to the Seattle Center, have Mr. Peyos go with us and then eat a well deserved donut on the way home. Of course my head plans never go as usual and we ended up going alone on the Dutch Bike, without Mr. Peyos because he was trying to help someone that day. As for the extra kid in tow, we were not able to take him with us.

We arrived at our checkpoint, the Bike W…