off the beaten path
Fridays are my days off from teaching. This past Friday, I had a routine appointment with the midwives downtown, so I biked to the clinic in the morning and then treated myself to brunch at the local co-op store. Decaf coffee, apricot and almost scone, and a half hour of R&R with my Kindle. The weather was beautiful – sunny and warm – so I just got on my bike and kept riding around for a bit.
Our downtown is comprised of one main street and the shops and restaurants lining it. It’s very manicured and put-together and always seasonally themed. So it’s kind of funny and unexpected to peak past the perfect facades and ride around the back of the buildings, where the exposed brick architecture coupled with the fire escapes and occasional graffiti give the space a much more rough and urban look. You’d never know you were in a safe little collage town looking at these alley shots, right? But then again, even small towns have their darker underbellies.
I love that getting around by bike lets me discover so much more of my corner of the world than walking or driving would. I don’t know that I would take the time to explore as much on foot, but biking is so quick that I can easily vear off my main route for a quick look around some side streets and hidden alleys. Places that I couldn’t easily access by car or bus. Reason #524 why I love cycling. ♥