Riding Solo with Friends

Although it seems like all my friends ride bikes, sometimes I’m the only one in the group riding. I suppose I could ditch the bike and go along with everyone else, but I’m loathe to give up the freedom and fun. Such was the case this weekend.

Saturday was a very full day, starting with a 9 mile ride to the Field Museum, where I met Melissa and Chanh. After looking at dinosaurs, we headed back to my neighborhood for dinner. They had taken the train in from the ‘burbs, so they continued with public transportation, while I set off on my bike and met them at the neighborhood L station. The restaurant was another mile away, so I walked my bike with them.

Field Museum

Melissa and Chanh

Sue the T-Rex

The city from Grant Park Museum Campus

Pomegranate Margarita

Later I somehow ended up going to a nightclub; definitely not a usual activity of mine, especially in my old age. I finally ditched my bike in favor of sharing a cab with everyone. After a very late all-night diner visit (mmm, grilled cheese), I rode my bike home by myself at 4 a.m. I was only a couple of miles away and I actually felt perfectly safe (pepper spray and u-lock just in case).

Night View

Thank you, dear Betty Foy the Bike, for taking me all around the city with such ease. I’m never alone when I’m with you :)

What do you do when you’re riding solo with friends?

{These photos taken with my vintage Minolta XG1 film camera.}

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22 thoughts on “Riding Solo with Friends

  1. Melissa S. says:

    Dot definitely would have beat us if you hadn’t stopped to take pictures. The el was sooo slow picking us up.

  2. It looks like such a fun weekend! I’ve been both the friend on the bike and the one meeting up with a friend on the bike. It’s usually easy enough to meet back up.

  3. NancyB says:

    especially in my old age.

    Do you mean your dotage!

    Ahh..to still be able to stay up all night.

  4. Vee says:

    I deal with this a lot as here inthe burbs people with kids are rarely tranporting via bike.

    Often times I ride and they drive. I fill up as many kids as I can and take the kids. I never beat anyone though…

    for nights out I try to push for local locations that I can bike to and meet them at. They always insist on giving me a ride home. I take the ride, but I’m also happy riding at night esp on a nice night.

    sounds like a great night!

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