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Trip to Clement

July 6, 2010

I’ve been wanting to browse some used books for a while so Michael and I took a trip to Clement St. in the Richmond on Saturday. By bike!
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This is the inefficient route we took to get to our destination. We went through the park and ended up at the panhandle. Since we’d never ridden or walked it we decided to ride along the path before heading up some steep hills. I did the best I could but ended up walking up a few while Michael charged ahead and waited at the top. We found ourselves at Turk and rode down the hill to Arguello. This time Michael waited at the bottom of the hill while I took it slow. I’m always afraid that I’ll lose my balance going down hills and fly off the bike. Slow and steady does not win the race but slow and steady doesn’t crash.

Our first stop was the Sloat Garden Center on 3rd. I always aspire to keep fresh flowers in the house and I wanted to take a look at what they had. I saw some beautiful Chrysanthemums but they were more of the plant-and grow type than put-in-a-vase.

Then we headed over to Park Life where we always find things we wish we could take home. I noticed an abundance of pretty bikes safely parked on the sidewalks and felt a little bit better about leaving Edie outside. After looking around, we headed a few blocks down to Green Apple Books.

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Michael stopped in the graphic novel section while I went for the used fiction. I was deciding between The Prince and the Pauper and Anna Karenina. I was leaning toward the Twain but there was only one used copy and it was $30 for some elaborate edition. No thanks. I went with the latter. Michael left with a funny poster of San Francisco that maps out the neighborhoods and what they’re about.

For lunch, we headed back to the Sunset for some Yum Yum Fish. Whenever we feel like sushi, this is where we go. It’s a no frills place that makes delicious sushi.

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After eating outside the storefront, we headed home on Kirkham St. which, to me, is a way more pleasant ride than Irving. It’s quiet and pretty flat for the most part.

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According to google maps, we did 10 miles which is the most I’ve ever done. In fact, it was my longest outing by bike, ever. One of the things I love about traveling on the bicycle is that we get to see things that we normally look right past while driving or even on foot.

A few things I learned from this ride:

1. I MUST NOT forget to wear sunscreen again. EVER! Lobster arms are not attractive.

2. I can make it up some hills if I keep telling myself I can.

3. There is no shame in walking the bike up a steep hill.

4. The shift dress is slightly more difficult to ride in than I first thought.

I’m really happy with the progress I’m making on the bike. Sunday Streets is coming up this weekend and we’re going to go check it out. It’s hard to get on the bike during the week because I work in South San Francisco and I can’t commute that far yet but we’ve installed lights on Edie and H. so maybe an evening ride is in the cards this week.

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