Last Saturday night, I went on my first bike ride with Cycle Memphis! They organize a group ride on the first Saturday evening of every month. They always start at the Cooper-Young gazebo, but the route is different every time and usually includes a stop for ice cream. They even have music – one of the organizers pulls a big speaker behind him. I first heard of the group a few months ago, but they require lights on your bike, and I didn’t get lights until last week. Now I’m sorry I waited so long. We did a 10-mile route that took us downtown and back. The pace was pretty leisurely, and no one acted like Lance Armstrong or anything. It was a whole new way to see the city, and being downtown on a bike was really cool. Plus, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.
There’s something about riding a bike through a summer night with a bunch of other people that made me feel like a kid again. Like I was out in the neighborhood with the other kids and pretty soon my mom would call me home. It was a great feeling. I only knew one person there, but everyone seemed friendly and I’m sure I’ll start meeting people if I keep going back. Which I will, because I’m already hooked!