Wow, what an awesome weekend! Imagine what it would have been like if anything spectacular had happened!
I spent yesterday morning at an unusual event:
Basically, the venue was an emerging arts district near midtown Memphis that was given a temporary “face-lift” to demonstrate a future vision of the area as a truly livable community, with an emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
I got there just in time for the kids parade, which was kind of random and carefree.
If you’re ever organizing this sort of thing, consider putting the fire engine and ambulance at the end of the parade route. Quite a bicycle traffic jam occurred when the kids saw all that shiny redness.
This little fellow had trouble with the concept of bike lanes. How much would you bet that he colors outside the lines at preschool?
And then there were speeches. My congressman was there, wearing red pants for some reason.
I wasn’t in the mood for speeches, plus I smelled food. Crepes, as it turned out.
Pass. I’m not a huge fan of crepes. I am, however, a big fan of cupcakes, so I wandered over to this stand:
Let’s just say there was one of those chocolate with white icing cupcakes missing from the tray when I wandered away again. In a brief mindfulness interlude, I told myself I could eat it only after I got home and walked an hour. That was the longest hour of my life, lemme tell ya!
I thought this was an inventive use for an old claw-foot bathtub:
I really enjoyed wandering through the galleries and studios. Memphis has some truly gifted artisans!
After an hour or so of wandering, the crowds were growing and my stomach was growling, so I left. Besides, I had a cupcake waiting for me! I made myself stop for a healthy lunch and then I rushed home for the cupcake-earning walk. It was such a glorious day outside! If my feet hadn’t started cramping, I would have walked for a while longer.
Though cupcake-less, today was equally beautiful, weather-wise. I decided my feet needed a rest, so I chose biking as the exercise du jour. My first stop was a soccer park near my house, where some big tournament was going on within our Latino community. I guess that means it was a futbol tournament.
It was all very festive, with announcers and music and flags. Pity I don’t speak Spanish or know anything about futbol.
I was really there to snap some photos of the park itself. I don’t know how big it is, but there are acres of unused land there that are begging to have walking/biking trails put in. There are, quite literally, thousands of homes surrounding this park, which would make it a perfect spot for trails, and the city already owns the land. I’ve begun attending meetings of Walk-Bike Memphis, a local advocacy group, and I plan to talk to the folks there about my next steps in making this walk-bike park a reality. Wish me luck!
Early in my ride, the wind kicked up, so much that the flags were flying straight out. Unfortunately, I was on a series of hills at the time, and between the hills and the wind, I used up my legs. I rode for about an hour and probably only traveled about 8 miles. At least I got a good workout!
A quiet weekend, otherwise, which was just what I needed. I hope your weekend was even half as wonderful as mine!