I had Friday off and decided to keep it a car-free Friday even though I had several errands to run. So I set out through the neighborhood. The weather was perfect. No, really. PERFECT. It was perhaps 60 or 65 and almost no wind. I was able to ride in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. Tooling around on my single speed, I didn't even really break a sweat.
Hello to my adoring fans.
I came out at the south end of the Wedgwood neighborhood onto Wedgwood Drive. This is kind of an unusual situation- Wedgwood, a local neighborhood street, runs right alongside Granbury Road, a 45 mph multi-lane highway. So in the picture below, I'm safe on the side street while highway traffic buzzes past on the other side of a median.
As I approach Hulen Street, though, Wedgwood dumps into Granbury, so I have to jockey with the traffic.
I planned to stay in the traffic lane when I turned right onto Hulen Street. But I got caught at the traffic light and looked around. I wimped out- I noticed a sidewalk and jumped on it.
The credit union was just up ahead so I just followed the sidewalk.
Now here's a poser: I know we had a lot of ice a little over a week ago, but temps have been mild pretty much all week. So why was there still ice on the sidewalk?
I looked at my cell phone... 8:50...
I guess it's the drive-through for me.
Next stop was the eye doctor. There are no pics of the ride down to that stop because I was actually out in the traffic lane with the big boys.
Having taken care of my eyes, my next stop was at the LBS to exchange a part I'd picked up on the way home earlier in the week. It was a shifter cable, but it was a little too short for the way I wanted to use it. I ended up having to buy one for a tandem bike! Anyway, since City Cyclist closed, Bicycles, Inc. is the closest one to my house.
Guess what? I got there at 9:50 and the don't open till 10.
I must be traveling too fast on the bike. Bicycles, Inc. is a good shop. Unlike City Cyclist and nowadays, Trinity Bicycles, it's not exactly a place to hang out. They are very professional and do good work, though.
The four pictures above are a real good illustration of why Fort Worth is a great city for cycling. Sure, there are few bike lanes and paths, but you can cut through near-deserted neighborhood streets to get where you want to go. I was able to cut through the South Hills area, then Westcliff, Ryan Place, and finally got to Fairmount where my next stop was, to pick up some coffee. I had to pop out of the residential areas for just a few blocks.
I love riding through Fairmount; the homes are old and beautiful. I hope to move there eventually.
Finally, my Locally Roasted coffee source.
What? You don't see it?
There it is, behind the potted plant on the front porch. I had already paid for the coffee online so he left it out for me to pick up.
I've been riding all morning and haven't breakfast yet. Where to eat?
I know! Paul's Donuts!
I was pretty close to Trinity Bicycles so I stopped in to say hi.
Time to head for home. I slowly rolled down Magnolia...
...and noticed a few interesting things, like this license plate:
The new Avoca Coffee shop should be open within a month.
So I rode back through several southside neighborhoods and got home. By the afternoon it was starting to get a bit warm, so maybe the day wasn't quite perfect, but boy it was close.