So after months of convincing and me strutting around in my sexy skin suit, Selma finally gave in and got a bike!!! She needed one to get to and from work easier anyways so this was the perfect opportunity to invest in a bike of her own. We got a really good deal on a Raleigh Capri with decent components so we couldn’t not buy it. I’m pretty sure Selma knows this purchase was more for me than it was for her…
In order to get her comfortable on her bike, I took her out to a place free of Masshole drivers and the dangers of Boston streets. This weekend provided the perfect opportunity to head out to the Minuteman trail for some casual riding as well as to give her a chance to get acclimated to her new ride. The trail is located right off Mass ave and is a pretty flat ride with minimal pedestrian traffic around this time of the year.
Once we made our way through Cambridge to the start of the trail, we stopped for a quick snack of homemade blueberry & chocolate coconut rice cakes before heading down the path.
Our bikes are also now best friends.
You can tell that Selma really enjoyed my rice cakes. (but seriously she really did)
Towards the end of the trail, Selma really wanted to see Walden Pond so we took a detour and headed over to Concord. Along the way, we passed Thoreau’s birthplace so we had to stop for some pictures. Apparently this guy is a big deal.
Once we arrived in Concord, we stopped by the Main Streets Market & Cafe to grab a bite to eat. It’s a hopping restaurant located right in the middle of downtown Concord and serves amazing coffee and pastries. We always make it a point to stop here for snacks with the cycling team whenever we come out this way. Additionally, a lot of cyclists come through here so it’s one of the only places I feel comfortable leaving my bike unlocked for an extended period of time.
By this point we were starving so we ordered egg and cheese croissant sandwiches, a poppy seed muffin and a large iced coffee to share.
The muffin was so moist and zesty.
And the croissant sandwich was fluffy, cheesy, and buttery.
Best of all, everything came to a grand total of only $12. All of this would have been ~$20 easily back in the city. Plus, people out here are really friendly and inviting. Bottom line, Concord is awesome.
After lunch, we finally made it out to Walden Pond. Even though it was chilly, there were still people swimming in the pond. Crazy college kids…
Nevertheless, we took in the scenery and enjoyed some down time before the ride home.
All together, we went a little over 45 miles!!! I was so proud of her for making it all the way out and back on her very first ride. Her legs were definitely feeling it over the next few days but it was totally worth it.