A Day in the Urban Outdoors

This time of year, lots of people spend their weekends hiking or taking drives to look at autumn colors. Which is all well and good, but you don’t have to leave the city to spend an active day out of doors.

On Sunday, we had a bicycle brunch at West End Café.  It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the high 50s.

Lauren, Stephanie, Jonathan, Whitney, Sten & Jessica

Newlyweds! Jess & Sten got married on November 3.

 

Lauren knitted her sweater.

I pulled the Bat out for the day.

Afterwards, most of us went downtown to check out the Mayor’s 5K. Stephanie and Jonathan left before the start, but Whitney had registered and Lauren and I decided to walk along with her.

Walking a 5K in boots while carrying a purse? Why not?

We felt a tad out of place, not being clad in sweats, tennis shoes or t-shirts, but walking such a short distance in city clothes is really no big deal. Besides, who could miss out on the chance to enjoy city streets closed off to car traffic? Not this trio.

After the 5K, we ate some free snacks and checked out the Bcycle terminal…bikes TK next month.

Finally, pricing is revealed!

Then we went to get our bikes for the ride home, stopping to admire the picture they made in front of the red trees and new courthouse shining in the late afternoon light. Who says you can’t enjoy fall color in the city?

Whitney and I took the long way home to check out the new 28th Ave Connector, which has a protected bike lane. I was too busy enjoying the ride/huffing on the uphills to take a picture of my own, not that you get much of a chance for photos on a ride that’s only just over a quarter of a mile, but here’s one from WSMV (click for more details on the connector, if you’re curious).

Image courtesy of WSMV, obviously!

When I got home after my 5-hour outdoor day, I headed directly to the couch. Where I’m fairly certain someone else had been for the entire day.

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4 thoughts on “A Day in the Urban Outdoors

  1. Edwin W says:

    Thanks so much for broadcasting the Bcycle pricing information. I feel like I have heard nothing about it, almost as if they are not sure whether to promote it or not.
    I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago, where BCycle has an operation, and it was $10 per day. I think we must have one of the cheapest BCycle pricing plans around.
    I’d also like to hear how the event was at the Stone Fox the other night – cool to see you and your Monkey Light out and about!
    Edwin

  2. Cameron says:

    The Sartorialist to visit Nashville on Sunday, November 25!
    2 p.m. Signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville
    3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville

  3. Dottie says:

    Random thoughts:

    I love Lauren’s knitted sweater.
    Jessica and Sten look so happy!
    Walking a 5K in regular shoes and clothes is cool.
    I look forward to Nashville’s bike share, although the Trisha bike share works well for me. :-)

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