Let’s Go On a Picnic
I’ve been participating in the Let’s Go Ride a Bike Summer Games ever since they started this summer. You can find my previous entries here: Going on a group ride in Munich; going on a bike date in Munich; followed by another bike date/group ride in Prague; sticking my nose in some bike-centric literature; and finally, decorating and utilizing my bike for its carting capabilities. The Games are now in their Third Session, which is all about exploring new territory, such as using your bike to go on a picnic. Yes, please!
There was a free concert on our college campus with a visiting carillonneur this week. A carillonneur is someone who plays a carillon, a musical instrument housed in a bell tower. Most college campuses I’ve attended have had bell towers that sound and play music throughout the day, but I never realized that there is an actual musician in there playing them. After the concert, we got to climb the winding stairs into the tower and see the instrument as well as play a few notes of our own. Oh, the poor ears of the listening locals.
So what better way to enjoy an evening outdoor concert than with a picnic, some delicious food, and some tasty wine…er, apple juice. I tossed a blanket into my bike basket and T. strapped a cooler of food to his rear rack and we were all set. The only downside to biking to the concert was not being able to bring our dog along (this would have required driving to haul her there) so the poor pup had to be left behind. In Germany, I saw lots of car-free people biking their dogs to the river or to the park in bike carriers for kids, so now we’re in the market for just that in order to include our pup on future biking adventures. Rather than having to choose between the bikes or the dog, this should allow us to bring them both along. Now, if only there were dog-sized helmets with little ear cut-outs….
Post picnic, concert, and carillon tour, we merrily rode on home and said good night to the world. Not a bad way to spend a summer week night.