Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bicycle bicycle bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

So, I meant to blog about last Friday's bike ride much sooner... last Friday or Saturday perhaps, but as usual got distracted with other, more useless things. So, I will blog about it now. Simply put, it was a lovely ride. Sometimes, living in the city that never sleeps, with construction making my daily commutes an ever changing maze and cranes collapsing down the street, I forgot that it takes less than 10 minutes of easy peddling to get to something as delightful as this:

Which is free for the crossing, and quite fun to ride down the other side of. And on that other side, it's like a different land, where you can chase ferry boats,

or stop and get distracted by some pretty horses,

or even a mother and her lovely ducklings.

This place is called Ward's island, and I used to bike here with my mom when I was a kid- it is just a short ride along the east river to the bridge- and while the island has great potential to be creepy and sketchy at night (I do believe it is home to some mental wards... though strangely enough, that is not how it got it's name) it is really lovely during the day... at least, the part they aren't doing construction on, haha, I guess some things never change. It seems they are renovating a great deal of the park right now, a lot more of it was bikeable when I was a kid, I think they are trying to redeem it for it's former status as a home for all things undesirable (garbage, bodies, the insane...) and make it more useful/open to the public. Point being, I need to take my bike out more, ride along the water, go to Ward's island, and other parks too. I mean, that's what summers are for, right?

I will end this entry here as to stay on topic... but Renegade was this weekend and it was grand! Though, maybe not quite as grand as last year... due to the rain perhaps? Anyway, I will blog about it soon... my main reason for waiting that I have yet to photograph my goodies ;)

And happy belated poppa's day to all you fathers out there. I hope you had a good one :)


mushroommeadows said...

you got to go to the renegade again! LUCKY!

bettyninja said...

Thanks for the stencil tips! I am going to purchase some soon, although I may be trying a contact paper method