From the parking lot, we went up Auto Mall to Mission Boulevard and north on Mission to Mowry. I took her on a little tour of Fremont, pointing out (non)interesting places along the way. We rode by my daughter's house and then I took her to my house so she could meet my husband and see Boomer again.
We hopped onto Paseo Padre from Mowry and headed south. This was my first "real" ride with my new clip in pedals and shoes. I was feeling very comfortable clipping in and out on the ride. I think having toe clips (baskets) for the last few months helped because at least I was used to having to "get out" of something every time I stopped and "getting back in" when I started up again.
We got to the top of Paseo Padre, in the Mission area and Stacey wants to stop so she can take a picture of the view. By the way, where the hell IS that picture? Hmmmm.
Anyway. I unclip my right foot, no problem, and we stop. Uh oh. Suddenly I realize I'm kind of leaning to the left. Before I know it, I'm crashing quickly toward the pavement and I can't get my left foot out of the clip. Crap! Down I go. As Judi says, "I did a tip over!"
Do you think I could get a hand back up? Please? Nope. Stacey needs to take out her camera first and snap a picture. Of course! I certainly should not have expected anything else. She said she heard and saw the whole thing. I landed right on my hand but nothing serious. At least I have one fall out of the way. She says it takes three falls to be a "real cyclist." I dried my tears (not really) and we took another picture before heading down the big hill and back to the store. We were able to complete an 18 mile loop and we didn't freeze to death.
We chatted for a few more minutes in the parking lot before parting ways. I haven't committed to anything yet BUT I will say she has got me thinking of doing something next spring that will require me getting MUCH more comfortable with open water. We'll see where this goes. ;)
Sunday night we went to City Beach for REI's Christmas party. Tons of games to play, lots of food to eat and plenty of holiday cheer being spread.
We were able to get our tree today. Three cheers for us!! We have it up with the lights and topper on. We can't decorate it until tomorrow night when Sara is available to help. She insists it is tradition that she is here every year to hang ornaments with me. I will wait for that. Not a problem.
Other than that, nothing else is crossed off the list. Baby steps, right? Baby steps!