So I suck at remember to take pictures these days. Not as great at it as I used to be. The other day my friend watched my son so the Mr. and I could go on a bike ride together. We did a whopping 35 miles and he took me around the city. I learned what I need to improve on while riding in Traffic but also learned some routes for riding. There is still more to discover but he wants me to get the courage to ride alone out there. This weekend may be my solo ride in the city. I’m nervous but how else am I going to get comfortable getting around to the great riding area without driving to them? We rode to the base of lemon then he showed me a route to ride to the national park here which has a great route for getting used to hills.
In other news, i’ve decided to start growing some of my own veggies. Being in the desert this will be an interesting challenge. The local food bank offers free classes and I had attended on in the past but I always felt I was to busy to actually attempt to garden. But January starts the winter planting season for lettuces and root vegetables. So I will am aiming to learn container gardening and will start with carrots and spinach. I just need to find where i’m going to keep my pots. I may try potatoes in potato bags as well. We have bad pests and rodents here so i’m hoping this won’t be a devastating first try. I’m used to gardening up north where the ground is lush and the plants often get watered via Rain.
I’m also going to aim to cut down on using my dryer. I have a nice line for hanging laundry so i’m going to aim to be more conscious of using that. Trying to go a little more eco-friendly here. I already use natural cleaning products since I had my son. I clean with water/vinegar mixture. Sometimes vinegar/baking soda, lemon, and occasionaly I throw in some essential oils but I have a cat and a lot of essential oils aren’t cat friendly.
Life’s in the slow lane for cycling. As of now when I do ride it’s just on base. There are 2 roads that are great for road biking but they are beginning to get boring and while I still feel I need improvement on them they don’t offer to much of a challenge in the hill department. I am aiming to overcome my anxiety of city riding soon. This sunday the Mr. and I are aiming for a ride together. I got a baby sitter and told him to start showing me how to tackle city riding.
I suppose my biggest fear in riding off-base here vs Germany….There are some anti cycling people out there. There are many cyclists hit or even killed by cars here almost regularly. There have been 2 deaths in the last month and an assault. There isn’t much info on the deaths but most occur at night and Rob said are usually the fault of the cyclist. The assault started out by a cycling on Mt. Lemmon getting hit by a bottle thrown out of the car. The cyclist then tried tailing the car all the way down the mountain. Once on the bottom the guys in the car got out and started beating the crap out of the cyclist. There are also people that throw tacks on the sides of the road for cyclist to run over. I haven’t heard much from that recently but the police were trying to investigate. Overall though the traffic is simply much heavier here than where we lived in Germany. Even though there are paths on the road for bikes I often see people driving in them without realizing it.
I’m trying to find like minded ladies to ride with but base is pretty much nadda for other female cyclists. I was referred to RWB which is a group that helps support Veterans. But they seem to mostly do Runs and Crossfit stuff. And while I feel that group is great for what it does in supporting veterans i’m not sure it’s necessarily the right group for me. Of course, I should probably at least meet them in person before making that judgement but they are very overly enthusiastic about their group and i’m not always the enthusiast.
I suppose my goal for cycling right now is simply to get good enough to ride in group rides like Rob does.