Vacation Ramblings

Isle La Motte
R and I talked about bringing our bikes on our vacation. As it turned out, my shifter cables decided to explode and fray the day that we were going to leave. I had to leave my bike at the shop.

We ended up renting a couple of bikes on the first day, and rolled around the islands. One day was enough for R. I couldn’t help but notice bicycles and infrastructure throughout the week. Bikes were common in Montreal, and there were painted bike lanes, bike lanes with a concrete barrier separating them from cars, and sharrows. We saw all sorts of bikers– from the spandex-clad racing up Mont Royal, to the commuters in regular clothing riding from one part of the city to another. I did not see any conflicts with bicyclists and drivers while I was there, and it seemed like biking was simply another accepted mode of transportation.

Burlington Bikeway
I noticed the trails in Burlington, VT and in Northampton, MA. Beautiful day for a leisure ride, and again a good mix of sporty bikers and commuters.

I realize the obvious consequence that the more I bike, the more I notice biking around me. That’s a good thing. It’s a part of my life, and I’m happy to see it’s a part of other people’s lives where I’ve traveled as well.

July 2013 Stats

For the month of July, I rode 182.4 miles. Sadly, I broke my 2-year streak of July being the month where I rode the most miles in a given year. (So far in 2013, January holds this record, at 234 miles.) However, this July marks the most days ridden in a month, with 26 days. Had I not gone on vacation, I could have ridden even more.

A post about my vacation to follow.