I'm still thinking a bit about seeing my old friend, Daniella. I don't know if we will see each other again or if we'll partially rekindle our friendship...but I'm really glad we saw each other. I think I would like to be friends again. When talking about her, I've been saying that I've always had an affinity for people who get along with everyone--because I'm just that difficult. D is open and non-judgemental, and I always valued that about her, even when we were little. I also like to know lots of different kinds of people--and someone like D does too. Anyway, we'll see how it goes.
Today, I did a bit of biking. I've been riding to work a lot recently. I've also routed a longer ride home to get a bit more exercise. The ride to work is only about 5 miles round trip; not much of a workout. I've also been longing for a different, more responsive, easier to ride bike. The one I'm on is a good commuter, decent hauler (not great), and a nightmare on a steep hill. Today, I went for a group ride (called the "nice and easy ride," which it certainly was). After the ride, I went into the bike shop that sponsored the ride and ended up taking a test ride on a touring bike. I rode that thing for over half an hour! I really liked it. The bike is quick and responsive, handles well, and the gearing was just right--a low enough low and a high enough high. With a few minor adjustments, I might even love it--the seat needs to be raised and a new saddle is essential. It's expensive but about half the price of the fancy bike I was looking at last year. I dunno. If I had the "right" bike, would I do more long rides? I've ridden 13 miles today so far (another 2 before I'm done--gotta get home). My average MPH was a mile faster on my solo test ride than on the group ride--though I'm hardly a speed demon. Riding 10 miles at a go is no problem. I want to work up to 15 and then 20. Then we'll see. It's a good thing to do on the weekend and as I get more stamina, I can ride for some of my more distant errands. Hmm...remind me why I bought that car again? Maybe I should sell it.
Grateful for: the resources to get any bike I like.