Walking is Slow

By | December 4, 2013

Getting around on my own steam for the past three point five or so years meant walking. I can’t believe I forgot what it’s like to have a faster mode of transportation.

Last weekend, I got a bike, and I’ve finally realized that walking is slow!

It's me and my new bike!

It’s me and my new bike!

It’s used, from a guy named Russ who sells used bikes. He asked me why I picked his bike off of all the Craigslist ads. I said, “Because I have a brother named Russ.” We had a good laugh.

Then I got on my new bike and rode away.

The bike path is a marvelous thing.

The bike path is a marvelous thing.

I’ve been riding ever since—all last weekend, and to and from work every day this week. I love it. It’s beautiful. It’s exercise. It’s fresh air. There’s a bike path right along the ocean for almost my entire ride. And I can move so fast!

So fast that I can only take blurry pictures, apparently. Please enjoy the following shots from my rides in the past few days.

Tree-lined Bike Path

Tree-lined Bike Path

Sandy Bike Path

Sandy Bike Path

The harbor, easily viewable along the bike path.

The harbor, easily viewable along the bike path.

Another Beautiful View of the Ocean

Another Beautiful View of the Ocean

The Pacific Ocean at Sunset

The Pacific Ocean at Sunset

What does it matter that the temperature is dipping into the 30s around here? I don’t have to walk anywhere anymore, or rely on other people to bring me places, and to me, that’s amazing! (Just imagine the excited blog entry when I get a car!)

Do you have a bike? Do you wish you did? Have you forgotten the feeling of the wind in your hair as you fly down a hill, or the grinding pump up a steep slope? Please comment below about your experience with bikes.


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6 thoughts on “Walking is Slow

  1. Pete

    Here in Dresden everyone has a bike, myself included. It really is so much faster then walking.

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  2. Anna Mkrtchyan

    Ev,
    I think it’s fantastic! Suddenly I also wanted to feel the wind in my hair but not when I am walking.

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    1. Ev Post author

      I have had conversations with women in Armenia about biking, and understand that it can be considered shameful for them to ride bikes. I hope someday that is not the case, because I think bikes are wonderful and they should get to experience that. My landlord, who is a woman in her fifties, rides a bike!

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  3. Loretta

    The one bonus of walking, is when you want to walk slowly through neighborhoods and admire houses/yards! Otherwise, a bike is the way to go!

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    1. Ev Post author

      I agree. I biked through a new town the other day, and wished I was walking so I could admire the storefronts. Finally, I just walked my bike.

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