Sometimes I want to crawl into the refrigerator. Quite often I want to crawl out of my clothes. If I could, I’d mount a fan permanently (or at least until this ordeal is over) about 6 inches from my face. I am perpetually hot… and no longer er… hot.
I wasn’t sure I’d like bicycling, but I knew that if I was to train at all for the upcoming Danskin triathlon, I’d have to get my butt on a bike and start pedaling. After shopping with Peter for a bike two weekends ago and relenting to his instance that I really should get a fairly good bike, I’ve been riding three times and I’m actually quite surprised to say that…
…I love bicycling! Why? Because cool air blows right onto my face – and there’s nothing THIS menopausal woman likes more!
(Here’s a secret for you: if you’re sitting in a business meeting and a woman nonchalantly uses the papers in front of her to fan her face – and the world is not sweltering in a heat wave -- she is most decidedly menopausal!)
So today I rode the Sammamish River Trail again, but this time I headed northward from Woodinville …
These geese and ducks just hung out along the trail…
…completely unfazed when people rode by!
You know those gorgeous houseboats in Sleepless in Seattle? Well, these are nearby Bothell’s version. (They’re trailers, not houseboats.)
The trail parallels the freeway for a bit…
…and goes right under a major interchange. It’s amazing, the beauty and recreation you can find near Seattle freeways! Remember my post about kayaking the Seattle Arboretum?
I rode to where the Sammamish River Trail meets the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell, then turned around and headed back to Woodinville… but wasn’t ready to stop riding yet, so I headed south towards Redmond.
As I was taking pictures a woman rode by and then stopped, saying, “I really should do that too.” We started chatting and she offered to take a picture of me with the Mountain behind me…
…which I told her I’d only accept because I have a blog and it might make a good part of the story.
We continued to chat came to realize that we have a few mutual friends! She knows of The Gottman Institute and John’s research and we enjoyed chatting about that for a while. After talking for about 20 minutes we decided that it’d be fun if she joined Elisabeth and me on our Green Lake walks -- and that she might want to do the Danskin too!
Yes, Seattle is definitely the friendliest city I’ve ever lived in!