We like visiting Portland, not just because of it’s bike culture, yummy food and modern architecture, but also because we know some great people in town.
Last week, Tim and I got together with some of my college friends for dinner and beers as part of a long weekend (without children!). We went to college a while ago so these really are old and super fantastic friends. As always, we had a great time catching up and sharing stories and cutting loose with them. Even us semi-old people need to do that from time to time.
Since our kids were at home with grandparents, we were the only couple that didn’t have to worry about relieving babysitters and picking up kids and putting them to bed etc. So naturally when our friend Jennifer had to leave early to pick up her kids, we offered to be helpful and give Vincent a “ride” home.
As most of you know, our four wheels are not of the usual variety but since we ride practical city bikes, an extra passenger was no problem.
Vincent declined the offer to ride on Tim’s snapdeck and stare at his, ahem, backside for the three mile journey, choosing my Oma instead.
Good choice, Vincent!
From the look on his face,you can tell he kinda liked our normal way of traveling home from a date. I don’t think he even minded Tim’s non-stop photo shoot.
Always up for spending quality time with my favorite husband, I happily rode side saddle on the Xtracycle.
Despite my repeated offers to walk the inclines, Tim shuttled me the entire trip. He’s a great pilot and only dumped me on the pavement once! Note to Tim: snapping photos while track standing at stoplights may work just fine when you’re solo but it’s probably not a good idea when are ferrying an adult passenger.
The rest of the trip was just as good. We spent three days riding our way to and from delicious food and drink while taking in the low key Portland culture. We even got to spend a couple great hours with Todd, Martina and some of the Clever Cycles staff. Thanks for your hospitality and for the opportunity to drive the Work Cycles Cargo Trike, folks!
The volume of bike traffic in Portland truly is stunning, but one observation came to me this trip. Most of the people using bikes to get around at night were (quite) a bit younger than us.
What’s up with that? Were we just out on the wrong nights or in the wrong part of town, or is date-night not a bike night for the Rose City’s marrieds-with-children?
There must be others out there who are into their 30s and beyond and use bikes to get to restaurants, bars, shows, movies, the theater and the like, right?
And if not, by all means, start RIGHT NOW. You’ll be hooked. One ride and I think Vincent may be willing to give it a go (he claims Jennifer may not be on board but I think she’ll prove him wrong).
How about you?