23 miles, 5 bikes + Cleveland

Mural by the fantastic Erin Guido.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who thinks summer can sometimes be kind of stressful. There’s so much pressure to have fun, which sounds strange but maybe you get what I mean…? Aside from the big road trip we haven’t really done too much. Jeff has been busy shooting weddings and editing photos, and I’ve been hibernating (because humidity is my worst enemy) so bike rides, days spent exploring, and everything else have been few and far between.

Jeff’s long time friend, also named Jeff, was in town for the week from Maine so we spent last Wednesday biking! I cannot even begin to tell you how good it felt to get out, ride, and enjoy the city again.

Jeff from Maine has the same bike as me!

After lunch we met up with Jason who took us over to one of his secret spots along the lake. We lounged around on the edge of the water, throwing rocks, and just relaxing. Tiny escapes hidden around the city are so awesome but the highlight of this stop for me was actually leaving. Instead of heading back through the weeds which were lousy with ticks we decided to follow the rocks along the shore. They got bigger, and bigger until we were just hopping around on massive boulders. Jason had been this way before, knew there was a fence/wall we’d eventually have to hop over but I think he may have underestimated how difficult it was going to be. Jeff got over pretty easily after some careful planning, Jason slowly maneuvered his way over, and my Jeff said “eh, let’s go around.” The rocks were slippery and it quite a fall if you did slip. I was kind of determined to get over so I grabbed on to a tree limb with each hand, walked my legs up the wall, and shimmied my way up until I was sitting on it. Basically it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I’m always super pumped when I underestimate my body and it’s ability to do something. I bragged about it the whole rest of the day (and yes, I am totally bragging right now.) It was way rad, I’m very sad there isn’t video or at least a photo of my skills.

After that, we headed to Koko Bakery to meet up with Brandon and grab some bubble tea. I know I’ve mentioned Koko Bakery a few times before, I just love that place. The bubble tea is amazing, and they’re super sweet there. The woman working even gave us a free loaf of some sort of fancy bread!

The evening included more photos, more miles, and even a neighborhood block party (complete with food trucks!) Nearly six hours later with 23 miles down I arrived back at home to shower and crash in bed. Days like this do not happen often enough!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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