One of my favorite…perhaps my FAVORITE lifelong activity has been going for a bike ride.
Whether it was going to a friends house during elementary school, making my way from Creve Coeur to Chesterfield, Town and Country or Manchester as a young teenager, or riding a trail as an adult, I’ve pretty much always, except for ages 17-21 (driving was cool, bicycling wasn’t), really enjoyed riding my bicycle.
I got a bike for Christmas when I was six and another for my eleventh birthday. I bought one…a Raleigh Marathon touring bike,
when I was 21,
and I bought a GT Karakoram mountain bike… when I was 27.
Last year, I got this one, a Trek Navigator hybrid (AKA old people’s bike) for my 46th birthday. And I remember getting each of them vividly. In fact, I still have the last three, which are pictured.
We have a jewel in St. Louis in the trail at Creve Coeur Park.
Even when it’s hot out, I try to get out in the morning and take a ride. If you have time, you can cross the Page extension with the bicycle bridge and go to the Katy trail.
If you haven’t taken a bike ride lately, revisit your childhood and do so. It’s relaxing, it’s great exercise, and it’s great scenery. Even for us “adults.”