- #6 Elaine's house
- November 10 (warm and partly sunny)
- Kirkland Green Tea bag
- 32 miles
- Ya Gotta Have Heart socks
I am going to call this #6 in case the weather for this upcoming week does not allow for much teaneuring. We have had some extraordinarily warm and bike friendly days this past week or so. Today six of us had a fine ride from Elaine's house on a warm enough day to be in shorts and light jackets! Photo below is just before peeling off some layers of clothing. Bike parking was great in Elaine's garage with plenty of room for all bikes (including Dan and Elaine's several).
|Brenda, our sixth rider, was taking the photo|
We had some fine views of Mount Baker as we took a slow ride along the Riverfront Trail.
Elaine led us around and about a new housing development (that has been in the planning for decades) and into Everett on low traffic side streets and roads where we could glimpse some town activity and sights. We arrived at her home to the welcoming fall cooking smells of chicken noodle soup and fresh baked biscuits, reminding me of my mom's home way back. To top that, Elaine brought out her home baked (from a box this time) brownies and chocolate wine! Chocolate Wine!
Kirkland brand green tea is quite good and one of my favorite choices for bagged tea. Several of us had biked to Elaine's from our home. Having the most miles for my return home, I left this warm and wonderful group of friends a little early to beat any potential cold, wet or dark day!
My socks for the day:
|Ya Gotta Have Heart|
I need to add this comment from Cindy who sent an email reminding us of this incident. As cyclists we are always on the alert and defensive of car drivers, and we expect the worst when one is crawling up behind us: what will they shout at us? Will they throw something at us? What gesture will they throw our way? What curse words will come from the window? We were indivdually steeling ourselves for such a happening while this car was slowly creeping up behind us (we were extra slow due to the hill we were climbing). This is what took place:
"Just to share a fun moment with the others who didn't get to join us yesterday. As we were riding along, we had so many nice comments and shout outs from people along the trail and even a car driver who told us we were great and looked beautiful (I think Elaine heard that one)...and someone asked if we were a club or a family as we were riding along the river and Brenda replied "we are sisters"! Now, how is that for a cherry on the top! "
Our little group of cycling women friends is dubbed the "Swissies". A name given to us by Dan, Elaine's husband who called us the 'Secret Women Society' one day when we arrived at a group ride after our own time over breakfast before the ride. We morphed that title into Swissies, and now, after Brenda's introduction of us to that family as sisters ---- we are the Swissie Sisters. Rather cute I say.