As everyone knows, I drive to work every day. Three kilometers TO school and three kilometers BACK again. Now the good thing is that I don't use much gas and I don't put many miles...I mean, kilometers, on the car. However, I do live in a country where something like 90% of the people bike to school & work every day. Ok, not really 90%, but a HUGE AMOUNT of people do. I know this because I pass about 1000 of them every day as I drive my 6 km roundtrip. I think they are awesome and I bow to them (in my head) as I pass them, in the pouring rain, in the snow, in the cold, in the wind, and SOMETIMES in the sunshine. Mads and I do not discuss the option of my taking the bike to work on a regular basis (as he does) because he already knows what my response will be.... "A BIKE IS NOT TRANSPORTATION". I have not grown up riding a bike on a daily basis (as my husband has) or as transportation (as my husband has), and at the age of 41, I do not plan to take that lovely and healthy habit up as a daily routine. Call me lazy. Call me American. This is one point on which I am NOT bending...
However as we are in springtime and summer is not far off, I have decided that I will keep the OPTION of biking to work open. NOT in the rain, NOT in the snow, and NOT in the cold; however, I can handle the wind (to a certain point) and I can definitely handle the sunshine (well, as long as there is not a LOT of sweating involved). So I am giving myself the OPTION to bike those 6 km each day.
Then I had an idea to help myself be a bit more encouraged to actually DO it. You see, I have this beautiful bike that my Danish family bought for me when I moved to Denmark. (I just thought they were being sweet...had no clue they actually expected me to ride it regularly!!)
I must admit that she is quite a beauty!
Well, I thought about all those guys who name their cars (always after a girl's name!) and then they take care of them like they are their babies.... So I have officially named my bike. I did not check to see if this name is on the "Danish Registry's List of Acceptable Names" (yes, we DO have one of these lists for newborns), but since the only place I am "registering" her name is on this blog, I think I am safe.
So I would like to introduce
She and I rode to school together one day last week and we both survived,
so we think that we might like to make that journey again in the very near future.
Maybe even THIS week.... or maybe NEXT. Let's not get TOOOOO crazy!